Crosscutter pitchers combine for no-hitter of Mahoning Valley
Scrappers bats can't solve Williamsport pitching in 8-0 loss
WILLIAMSPORT, PA - On Sunday afternoon in Williamsport, the site of the ongoing Little League World Series, history was made as the Williamsport Crosscutters no-hit the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and secured an 8-0 victory.
The historic no-hitter on Sunday was the first for the CrossCutters since 2006, when Henry Cabrera and Olivo Astacio combined to no-hit the Batavia Muckdogs in a 1-0 win.
This game was more like that one that any Scrappers fan would care to imagine.
CrossCutters starter Yacksel Rios began the historic day with five innings of scoreless, hitless baseball, in which he walked three and struck out six.
After Rios did his part Mark Meadors entered the game and was even better than his predecessor. For three innings, Meadors was absolutely perfect, allowing no hits, walks, or runs, while striking out three batters.
Just three outs away from history, Manny Martinez came in to close the door in the top of the ninth inning and did just that, striking out a batter on his way to perfect 1-2-3 inning.
The Rios, Meadors, Martinez were an unlikely threesome to record a no-hitter, as they have posted a combined 3.55 ERA on the season to this point.
While their offense was busy fighting off the inevitable no-no, the Scrappers pitchers had a very mediocre day on the hill, starting with Cole Sulser.
In five innings, Sulser allowed three runs on eight hits, but did not a walk batter and struck out four en route to his second loss of the year.
His reliever, Ben Heller, on the other hand, was almost as brilliant as his Williamsport counterparts. In two innings of work, Heller allowed just a single hit in an otherwise perfect outing.
After the great performance from Heller, Harold Guerrero did his best to put the game completely out of reach.
Guerrero came in, faced six batters, and failed to get a single out. He gave up three hits and walked three, as the Doubledays brought in five runs and broke open the 8-0 lead.
The Scrappers will look to avoid their fourth straight loss and their second straight two-game sweep tomorrow night in Williamsport.
Julio Reyes (1-2, 3.86) will look to extend the hitless streak for the CrossCutters while the Scrappers have yet to announce their starter for tomorrow night.
First pitch from Bowman Field is set for 7:05.