Cutters blow 2-run 9th-inning lead
ABERDEEN, Md. — The Aberdeen IronBirds scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including two with two outs, to complete the three-game sweep of the Crosscutters with a 4-3 win on Monday night in Aberdeen.
Williamsport was one out away from victory but closer Alejandaro Made was charged with three balks, manager Pat Borders was ejected, and an infield single brought around the winning run from second base after the throw home got away from catcher Logan O’Hoppe.
Aberdeen’s Trey Truitt blasted a solo home run off the batters eye in dead center to open the ninth inning rally. Then after a groundout and strikeout, Toby Welk singled to left field and two straight balks loaded the bases with two outs.
Ian Evans tied the game with a full-count line drive single to center field and, after another balk loaded the bases, Graham followed with a single to bring home the game-winning run.
Hunter Markwardt hit a long fly out to right-center in the seventh that brought in two runs on the sacrifice, including D.J. Stewart from second who hustled all the way around.
Logan O’Hoppe hit an RBI double in the eighth.
Starting pitcher Tom Sutera was strong for his third consecutive outing with four innings of one-hit ball, allowing no runs while striking out four.
Aberdeen loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings but relievers Carlos Francisco and Jake Kinney worked out of their respective jams. Kinney recorded three straight outs in the seventh to strand three runners and preserve a 2-1 lead at the time.
The Crosscutters have a day off Tuesday and return to BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The game is expected to mark the home debut for first-rounder Bryson Stott while 20-year-old right-hander from Taiwan, Hsin-Chieh Lin, is scheduled as the starting pitcher for the Cutters.