Scrappers strand ten runners on base in 3-1 loss
Mahoning Valley only managed one run, despite recording nine hits on Sunday.
Niles, OH - The offense woes reared their ugly head once again on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have struggled all season to hit with runners on base and that held true once again as they stranded ten runners, including the tying run in the 9th inning, in a 3-1 loss to the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Williamsport grabbed an early lead in the top of the 1st inning. Jiandido Tromp reached base on a fielder’s choice. Tromp moved to second after Derek Campbell was hit by a pitch. Both runners would pull off a double steal to move to second and third. Rhys Hoskins would bring in Tromp with an RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead.
The Scrappers would tie the game in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Steven Patterson would double and move to third on Bradley Zimmer’s single. Francisco Mejia would then single to bring in Patterson for the Scrappers lone run of the game.
The Crosscutters would take the lead in the top of the 4th inning. Derek Campbell doubled to start the inning. He moved to third on a fly out from Hoskins. With two outs, Chase Harris would single to score Campbell for the eventual game winning run and a 2-1 lead.
Williamsport would add another run in the top of the 8th inning. Cord Sandberg started the inning by reaching on a two base error. He would then score on Campbell’s RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
Julian Merryweather started for the Scrappers. He went 3 innings allowing 1 run earned, on just 1 hit. He did not walk a batter while striking out 5. David Speer (1-1) would then go 4 innings in relief. Speer allowed 1 run, earned, on 3 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out 3 while taking the loss. Jose Zapata would go 1.1 innings. He allowed 1 run, unearned, on 1 hit. He walked 1 and struck 2. JP Feyereisen would go the final 0.2 inning. He did not allow a hit, run, or walk, and did not record a strike out.
The Scrappers will now head to the All-Star break for two days before traveling to Williamsport on Wednesday night at 7:05. 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.