Cutters blow a 5-run lead in road loss to Black Bears

GRANVILLE, W.Va. – The Williamsport Crosscutters let a five-run lead slip away as the West Virginia Black Bears used two three-run innings to earn a 6-5 win.

The Cutters (20-34) fall to 12 games out of first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

Williamsport built up a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to scoring three runs in the fourth and two in the seventh.

The Black Bears cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning and then scored three more runs in the bottom of the ninth to win.

Nick Patten homered to left to make it a one-run deficit and West Virginia then tied the game thanks to a Dean Lockery double that drove in Brett Kinneman.

The Black Bears then won with the walk-off with a fielder’s choice by Matt Gorski that allowed Cory Wood to score.

Kendall Simmons led Williamsport with a 3 for 5 performance and both Bryson Stotts and Nate Fassnacht went 2 for 4.

Jake Holmes went 2 for 2 with an RBI and run.

Simmons, Stott and Fassnacht all hit doubles. It was the sixth double of the year for both Fassnacht and Simmons.

Lockery went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBIs and a run scored.

Rafael Carvajal earned the loss and blown save in 2/3 innings of work. Erik Miller started the game strong, throwing four innings of scoreless ball and allowing just three hits while striking out seven.

The Cutters are at West Virginia today for the final game of a three-game road series.