Cutters wins back-to-back games for 1st time

Omar Maldonado stepped on the mound in the ninth inning with the tying and winning runs on base and nobody out. But the first-year pro found a way to wiggle out of the jam and give the Williamsport Crosscutters a 6-5 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday night.

Following the Cutters’ win in the nightcap of Monday’s doubleheader, Tueday’s win gave Williamsport back-to-back victories for the first time this season. It also marked the first time in nine attempts the Cutters won a series this year.

Juan Aparicio hit a game-tying home run in the top of the eighth inning to knot the game at 4-4, and D.J. Stewart gave Williamsport the lead when he scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Hunter Markwardt scored on a throwing error in the ninth to five the Cutters an insurance run.

With two runners on base, Maldonado induced a fly ball, a ground ball, and a comebacker to record the final three outs of the game without allowing the tying or go-ahead runs to score. It was the first professional save for Maldonado, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent last year.