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Cutters drop home game against State College

Williamsport Crosscutters catcher Mitch Hundley can’t make the tag as DeAndre Shelton of the (26) of the State College Spikes is safe at home in the top of the 8th at Muncy Bank Ballpark, August 14, 2022. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

A two-run eighth inning proved to be the difference as the State College Spikes defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters on Sunday evening at Bowman Field, 3-2. It’s the fourth consecutive loss for the Cutters as State College swept the series. The Cutters lost to Mahoning Valley on Thursday prior to the Spikes’ series.

Williamsport is off today and heads to Trenton Tuesday for a three-game road series against the Thunder. Williamsport then is at State College for a three-game road series starting Friday.

Carter Mize went 3 for 4 with a run scored for Williamsport to lead the Crosscutters’ offense. EJ Taylor went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and had the team’s lone extra-base hit with a double. Both Williamsport and State College collected eight hits apiece.

Jesse Bolt took over a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth, but allowed two unearned runs to score, giving State College the lead. Bolt finished the night without allowing a run of his own, surrendering a hit and a walk. He had one strikeout.

Jayson Summers improved to 2-1 on the mound for State College to pick up the win.

Matt Gilbertson had an excellent start for State College, but couldn’t quite hold on as he worked into the eighth inning. He struck out eight, allowing three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. Gilbertson surrendered one walk — an intentional walk — his only walk this season.

The Crosscutters don’t play at Bowman Field again until Friday, Aug. 26, at 6:35 p.m. against the State College Spikes.

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