Mahoning Valley Scrappers lose to the Williamsport, 8-3
Niles, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers came into Tuesday night’s game looking to avoid being swept over a five game homestand. They had to deal with the second best offense in the league in Williamsport. That offense was too much for the Scrappers to handle as the fell 8-3.
Reigning NYPL pitcher of the week Kieran Lovegrove got the start for Mahoning Valley. Lovegrove, coming off a 5 inning no hit performance worked 2 scoreless innings before Williamsport got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Robinson Torres started the inning with a single. After an Emmanuel Marrero single and Cord Sandberg fielder’s choice, Torres would score on a Chase HarrisRBI bunt single. Sandberg would also score on an RBI groundout from Derek Anderson. It was the first of four RBIs on the night for Anderson.
Lovegrove (1-2) would not make it out of the 4th inning. After allowing back to back singles to start the inning, Lovegrove got Torres to fly out before hitting Marrero to load the bases. Jordan Carter would come on in relief and get Sandberg to bounce into a fielder’s choice that put Williamsport up 3-0.
The Scrappers saw their deficit pushed out to 4-0 when Campbell led off the 8th inning with his second homerun of the season.
Mahoning Valley spent the first 7 innings searching for their first hit of the game. Drake Roberts would deliver for them leading off the bottom of the 8th. Roberts doubled to rightfield and moved to third on a ground out fromYonathan Mendoza. Roberts then scored the Scrappers first run of the game on an RBI groundout from Austin Fisher to cut the Williamsport lead to 4-1.
The Crosscutters would put the game out of reach in the top of the 9th. They would add on 4 runs on four hits while sending all nine men to the plate. The big blow coming on a two run double from Campbell to push the score out to 8-1.
The Scrappers would not go quietly in the 9th. Leo Castillo started the inning with his second homerun of the season to cut the deficit to 8-2. Then with 1 out the Scrappers got back to back singles from Taylor Murphy and D’Vone McClure. A fielding error by the Crosscutters allowed Murphy to score from third to bring the score to the final of 8-3.
Lovegrove took the loss going 3.1 innings. He allowed 3 runs, all earned, on 6 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 2. Jordan Carter worked 3.2 innings in relief. Carter did not allow a hit or a run. He struck out 4 while walking just 1.Edward Estrella would then work 1.2 innings. He allowed 5 runs, all earned, on 5 hits. Estrella struck out 3 and walked 2. Jose Zapata got the final out of the 9th.
The Scrappers will now begin a six game road trip on Wednesday night in Hudson Valley. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.