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Crosscutters offense sputters in fifth straight loss

NILES, Ohio — Williamsport held Mahoning Valley to just a single in the first two innings, but the Scrappers’ scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning en route to a 4-0 win over the Crosscutters on Monday night.

It was the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game didn’t start until approximately 9 p.m. and did not end in time for this edition.

The two teams in the second game were held scoreless through four innings of play and had three combined hits entering the fifth inning.

The loss dropped Williamsport to 4-18 entering the second game of the doubleheader.

The Scrappers broke open the scoreless game thanks to Johnathan Rodriguez hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that brought in George Valera for a 1-0 lead.

Jonathan Lopez then singled on a sharp grounder to center that allowed both Michael Cooper and Bryan Lavistida to score for a 3-0 lead.

Mahoning Valley added the final run in the fifth inning when Lavastida reached on an error and proceeded to score on a throwing error. Those were two of the five Williamsport errors in the first game.

Williamsport’s offense struggled again, notching just four hit — all singles — and three of those came in the first two innings. Williamsport had just three base runners in the final five innings.

Nick Torres had two of the Cutters’ four hits as they were shutout for the third time in the last five games.

Jake Kinney earned the loss for Williamsport, giving up all three runs in in 1 1/3 innings worth of work. Adam Cox and Spencer Van Scoyoc pitched 3 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit and allowing one unearned run.

Kinney is 1-1 on the mound in 2019.

In total, Williamsport’s pitching staff yielded just four hits, but Mahoning Valley used timely at-bats to score its three runs in the third to take the lead.

Matt Turner earned the win for the Scrappers, throwing six innings of three-hit ball and striking out four. Turner is now 2-2 on the mound.

Williamsport left six runners on base and Mahoning Valley stranded 10. Mahoning Valley also went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left runners in scoring position with two outs three times.

It was the Crosscutters fifth straight loss. Williamsport has yet to win consecutive games this season and has the worst record and winning percentage in the New York-Penn League.

The Crosscutters are one of just three New York-Penn League teams entering Monday who have less than 10 wins, joining Vermont (9-14) and Tri-City (7-14).

Williamsport has only one batter this season who is hitting above .300 in McCarty Tatum, who’s batting .333.

Williamsport stays in Mahoning Valley one more night before returning to Williamsport for a three-game series against Vermont.

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