Crosscutters pull away late, down Mahoning Valley in opening game of home series
Movie goers didn’t have to wait for the new Thor movie next week to see some lighting during a battle.
Edarian Williams’ three-run shot was illuminated by a lit up sky as he broke the game open during the seventh inning. Prior to that, three lead changes occurred before Williams capped off a six-run outing.
The Crosscutters haven’t dropped a single home series so far this summer, holding a 3-0-1 record at Bowman Field.
Williamsport is one step closer to elevating that figure after scoring a season-high 13 runs in a 13-6 win over Mahoning Valley to kick off the latter half of its homestead on Friday.
“It was a whole team effort. Everybody went out there and had a good approach, one through nine every inning and when you put good at-bats together, that’s what happens,” first baseman Lance Logsdon said.
Logsdon (2 for 2, three RBIs) unloaded a 376-foot home run over the left wall, driving in Isaac Nunez to tie the game at five runs apiece in the fourth inning. Nunez led off with a base hit to set up the additional run on Logsdon’s homer.
After that one-two punch to knot the contest, Bobby Sparling answered with a 373-foot solo home run over the left wall as well to retake the lead for the Scrappers (12-13).
Nunez and Logsdon ran it back in the sixth. Jax Cash made a tying run on a throwing error after Nunez walked on a full count. With Logsdon back up to bat, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound power hitter smacked a double to the right wall to lift the Crosscutters (15-9) once more. Cole Evans singled in a pair of runs before Williams’ three-run shot.
“We were just getting good pitches to hit,” Logsdon said. “Pitches in your zone, we had good team at-bats all night.”
Two singles and a reach on an error loaded the bases with no outs for Mahoning Valley in the top of the fourth inning. Two wild pitches then gave the Scrappers their two-run advantage.
Cash led off the bottom of the second inning with a base hit to left field and following a strikeout, he stole second base. A throwing error brought him home for the first run of the game.
With two runners on, Williams drove both of them in with a double out to center field to give the Crosscutters a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
“Mahoning can hit. They’ve hit all year,” Williamsport manager Jesse Litsch said. “They’ve got some players, definitely some coaches over there who know what they’re doing. They’ve done really well with their team and it’s always been a back-and-forth battle with them. It’s always a fun game.”
The Scrappers responded immediately in the following half inning. After a reach on error and single to start, Adrian Salas singled and an error on the play forced in both baserunners before him.
Zach Storbakken hit a line drive to left field to tie up the game before a line out forced a double play to pull Williamsport out of the inning.
“We just stayed in it. Came up with a couple good at-bats in the middle of the game to keep us moving and the relievers came in after the fifth and kinda pretty much shut it down,” Litsch said. “It was fun to see. Definitely had some flamethrowers coming out there and they came in and did their jobs. Hitters kept us where we needed to be and they just took off.”
Logan Flood led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk and a throwing error advanced him all the way from first to third with no outs. Daniel Harris then drove him in by singling on a ground ball to left field.
Both teams made three errors apiece. Creed Watkins (2-0) earned the win in relief on the mound, pitched two scoreless innings and reached 98 mph on two of his fastballs.
“We were able to limit the damage. That was the big thing,” Litsch said. “Throughout the year so far, we’ve struggled with it but the last few games, we’ve done a good job of limiting the damage, which is a big thing in this game. If you can minimize damage late in the game, early in the game, it doesn’t matter when. It always helps going down the stretch.”