Stott’s hit, Carvajal’s throw prevent blown lead for Cutters

Bryson Stott doubled home the winning run in the top of the 10th in a crazy, 8-7, Crosscutters win at West Virginia on Monday night to head into the all-star break.

The Crosscutters held a 7-0 lead in the sixth inning on the strength of a five RBI performance by Hunter Hearn, but the Black Bears battled back to force extras.

Hearn clobbered his fourth homer of the season in the first inning and blasted a three-run, bases-clearing double to dead-center in the fourth on his big night. Jake Holmes was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. And Corbin Williams was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored including the winning run in the 10th.

The winning hit for Williamsport, off the bat of Stott to right-center, was almost denied on a spectacular diving effort by West Virginia center fielder Brett Kinneman but the ball came out of his glove as he landed.

West Virginia almost tied the game again in the bottom of the 10th, but pitcher Rafael Carvajal fired out a runner at home after a one-hopper back to the mound. Then second baseman Nate Fassnacht made a terrific diving, sliding catch to his left on a hard liner to end the game.

The Crosscutters improved to 16-10 in the second half of the season after going 10-27 in the first half.

Williamsport returns from the NYPL All-Star Break on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. hosting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers