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Cutters lose 7th straight

AUBURN, N.Y. — The Crosscutters’ losing streak extended to seven games after a tough 4-3 loss on the road at Auburn.

Williamsport is now 2-9 and has the worst record in the New York-Penn League. Mahoning Valley currently leads the Pinckney Division with a 7-3 record.

Williamsport trailed by a run in the ninth inning and had two runners on base with two outs but couldn’t score the game-tying run.

Williamsport’s last win was the second game of a doubleheader with West Virginia on June 17, a 4-0 victory.

Auburn didn’t waste time scoring runs early in the game. The Doubledays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Rafael Bautista and Ricardo Mendez both scored thanks to a left-field single by Onix Vega.

Vega then came through again with another single to center that brought in Bautista and Mendez.

Williamsport scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to cut the deficit down. Nate Fassnacht grounded out to third, but allowed McCarthy Tatum to score and make it a 4-1 game.

Then after Juan Aparicio reached base, Logan O’Hoppe hit a double, his second of the season, to right to drive the run in. Hunter Markwardt singled on a ground ball to third and drove in O’Hoppe to make it a 4-3 deficit.

While Auburn did score four runs in the win, Williamsport’s pitching staff did an excellent job containing the Doubledays’ offense. Auburn ended with only four hits as Williamsport had nine.

Luis Ramirez, Michael Gomez, Rafael Carvajal and Blake Bennett combined on the mound for the Crosscutters. Ramirez earned the loss, his first of the year, as he pitched 2 1/3 innings and scattered three hits, but allowed three earned runs.

Gomez, Carvajal and Bennett came in for relief and over 5 2/3 innings, allowed just one hit and issued no walks.

In addition, Williamsport’s pitching staff didn’t allow a single extra-base hit and only allowed two batters to record hits, as Onix Vega went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. The only other Auburn player to record a hit was Ricardo Mendez.

O’Hoppe went 3 for 4 for the Cutters with a double, RBI and walk. Juan Aparicio was the only other Williamsport player to record an extra-base hit as he had a double. Hunter Markwardt went 2 for 5 with an RBI for the Cutters.

Williamsport left 13 runners on base and with runners in scoring position, went 2 for 13.

Williamsport is on the road until Monday, July 1 when it hosts Mahoning Valley.

Box score on Page C4

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