Stott hits 2nd home run but Cutters’ comeback bid falls short

STATE COLLEGE –First round pick Bryson Stott hit his second home run with the Crosscutters, but they still fell short against State College, 5-2, on Sunday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Stott’s solo shot came in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2 after Williamsport fell behind early when State College plated two runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead, but the Spikes scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the second game of the three-game series.

It was Stott’s second home run in seven games with the Cutters with both coming in State College.

Williamsport took an early 1-0 lead on Herbert Iser’s sacrifice fly that scored Logan O’Hoppe in the top of the fourth inning.

State College came back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs, one on Terry Fuller’s solo home run and another on an RBI groundout from Brylie Ware.

Stott’s shot to right center tied the game. The Cutters walked three Spikes in the first four plate appearances of the eighth to put three runners on base with one out.

Dariel Gomez’s single scored one, a bases loaded walk scored another and the final run came in via wild pitch.

O’Hoppe continued his torrid hitting pace with a 3 for 4 game that included a double and a triple. The 19-year-old catcher from Long Island, N.Y. has knocked in 10 extra-base hits in the last nine games including four doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Erik Miller pitched three strong shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts. Starter Adam Leverett allowed two runs in four innings.