Scrapper offense delivers in 9-3 win over Crosscutters
The Scrappers racked up 17 hits en route to a 9-3-blowout victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters Tuesday night.
The offensive output was probably the result of some frustration for an offense that has had some struggles as of late. In their three prior games, the offense had only managed nine runs on 17 hits, exactly their output Tuesday.
Before they blew it open, it looked a little like it might be another tight game. The Scrappers put up a run in the top of the first, when Tyler Naquin singled and stole second before being driven in by Charlie Valerio to take an early 1-0 lead.
Then Luis Morel, who made his first start of the year, gave it back in the bottom of the second when he surrendered a one out bases-loaded RBI single to Logan Moore that tied the game at one. Morel escaped further damage, however, as he struck out the next two batters to avoid a huge inning.
It was in the top of the third that the Scrappers offense really started to click. With Robel Garcia on and one out, Naquin ripped his seventh double of the season to left field, allowing Garcia to score. Then, Joey Wendle followed with his second homerun of the season to give the Scrappers a 4-1 lead.
The Scrappers continued their assault in the fourth, doubling their total with a four run inning. After Aaron Siliga doubled to start the inning, Erik Gonzalez smacked a single to right field to allow Siliga to score. Hunter Jones followed Gonzalez with a one out RBI single of his own. Then, after Robel Garcia singled, a passed ball by pitcher Ramon Oviedo put runners on second and third. Jariro Kelly made Oviedo pay, shooting a single back up the middle that brought both runners home and made the score 8-1 after four innings of play.
The eight runs was certainly a welcome sight to Morel in his first start. He pitched well, allowing only one earned run and only one more run that was unearned in the fourth. He finished after five, allowing just the one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts.
The offense tacked on one more run in the seventh, when Gonzalez singled home Siliga to run the score to 9-2. When the dust settled, every Scrapper had collected at least one hit, seven had multi-hit games, and seven crossed home plate. They only had three extra base hits, but all three of those came around to score.
Also of note is the Scrapper bullpen, which once again did the job, pitching a nearly flawless final four innings to preserve the victory. Josh Martin relieved Morel after five, and tossed three innings of one hit baseball with three strikeouts. Jack Wagoner came on in the ninth and did allow a run, but it was of the unearned variety.
Morel picked up the win in the contest, moving him to 2-1 on the season. Crosscutter starter Nicholas Hanson took the loss. The Scrappers will now return home to Eastwood Field riding a three game winning streak, as they open up a six game home stand Wednesday night against the Staten Island Yankees.