Pelletier’s home run not enough for Crosscutters

Ben Pelletier hit his first home run of the season for the Williamsport Crosscutters, but an early two-run lead wasn’t enough as Mahoning Valley rallied to win the rubber match of the three-game series, 6-3.

Pelletier’s solo home run in the top of the third inning was his first homer of the season after hitting three last season in the Gulf Coast League. That home run gave the Crosscutters a 3-1 lead, but it was the last run they scored.

Williamsport starting pitcher Gustavo Armas allowed four runs in the sixth inning, spoiling what had been a solid outing to that point. After getting the first out, Armas allowed back-to-back singles before surrendering a three-run home run to Mahoning Valley’s Hosea Nelson. Nelson’s first home run of the season gave the Scrappers its first lead, 4-3.

The Crosscutters pounded out 10 hits against the Pinckney Division-leading Scrappers, but stranded eight runners on base.

Williamsport lost for the fourth time on its six-game road trip. The Cutters are just 2-7 in July and have lost 11 of its last 14 games after starting the season 6-3.

Philadelphia Phillies first-round draft pick Alec Bohm was removed from the game in the eighth inning after being hit on the left leg with a pitch. Bohm fell to the ground in pain after being hit by Mahoning Valley pitcher Randy Valladares.

Jonathan Guzman, Rafael Marchan, Pelletier and Lenin Rodriguez each had a pair of hits for the Crosscutters. Ben Aklinski had a first-inning RBI single and Jesus Henriquez also had a hit for Williamsport.

The Cutters return home Wednesday to face Tri-City.