Gurrola’s homer leads Cutters’ 9th-inning rally
Yahir Gurrola picked a good time to hit his first professional home run Thursday night.
The 27th-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Williamsport Crosscutters to a 9-8 win over the Auburn Doubledays.
Williamsport trailed, 8-4, heading into the ninth inning but picked up a pair of home runs for a five-run rally to win for the first time this season when trailing after eight innings.
The Cutters had previously been 0-18 when trailing after eight innings, but Nick Maton hit a two-run home run to right field with one out, his second of the year. Then Josh Stephen reached on an error and Jhailyn Ortiz doubled to right field.
With two outs, Gurrola homered off Auburn’s Jeremy McKinney on the first pitch he saw, scoring three runs and pushing the Cutters ahead, 9-8.
Luis Ramirez came on in the bottom of the inning and stranded the tying run on second base to pick up his New York-Penn League leading eighth save of the season.
With the win, Williamsport remained 5 games back in the Pinckney Division race.