Crosscutters no-hit for the first time ever

After a 93-minute delay, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers stole the first game of the three-game series in a combined no-hitter, 8-0, win over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Thursday night.

It was the first time the Cutters were no-hit in its history and it was the first time Williamsport was no-hit since 1989 when it was the Bills.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers made it hard for the Cutters to make solid contact with just five balls making it to the outfield and striking out a dozen batters.

Mahoning Valley got out to a quick 5-0 lead to open the game and put it in cruise control for the next eight innings. The Scrappers racked up 13 hits in their way to the win.

Mahoning Valley jumped all over Cutters starting pitcher Junior Tejada with the first six batters reaching base. Tejada lasted just a third of the first inning before manager Pat Borders made a call for Anton Kuznetzov from the bullpen.

The Scrappers sent all nine hitters to the plate, working four singles and two doubles to build its lead. Korey Holland started the night off with a liner to left field and Brayan Roccio followed it up with a single to the same spot. Will Brennan, Bryan Lavasida and Yainer Diaz all had RBI hits before Tejada recorded the first out in the inning, getting the No. 8 hitter Johnathan Rodriguez to strikeout.

Kuznetzov stopped the first inning bleeding with a strikeout and ground out. Then continued to dominate the Scrapper offense as he retired all 11 batters he faced in 3 2/3 innings.

Williamsport couldn’t touch Scrapper starting pitcher, Hunter Gaddis in his three innings of work. Gaddis threw six strikeouts and did not give the Cutters any good looks and finished with six strikeouts on 35 pitches. Matt Waldron picked up where Gaddis left off in the third inning and continued the no-hitter in three innings allowing Herbert Iser to reach on an error in the fifth inning and walked Jake Holmes to start the sixth who were the only baserunners the Cutters had. And Luis Sanchez shut the door on the Cutters in his three innings.

Holland did his job for the Scrappers in the leadoff position as he went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Lavastida had a double, two hits and an RBI and Diaz had two hits, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Scrapper offense.

Williamsport pitchers limited the damage as much as they could waiting for the offense to get started. Jose Conopoima went three innings allowing an RBI double in the fifth and two RBI singles to Holland and Rocchio in the sixth. But it was the combined pitching from Gaddis, Waldron and Sanchez that got the Scrappers a win.