Scrappers top Crosscutters in extras, 5-1
Mahoning Valley scored 4 runs in the 10th inning to secure the victory.
WILLIAMSPORT, PA - Baseball is a funny game where everything can change in a matters of seconds. It was never more apparent then on Saturday night in Williamsport. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers went 9 innings without a hit. Then in the top of the 10th inning the exploded for 4 runs on 5 hits to beat the Williamsport Crosscutters 5-1.
The Scrappers were able to get the first run of the game on the board in the 4th inning without a hit. With 1 out, Steven Patterson was hit by a pitch. Bradley Zimmer followed with a walk. A wild pitch would allow both runners to advance a base. Francisco Mejia would then lift a sacrifice fly to rightfield to score Patterson for the 1-0 lead.
Williamsport answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Brown started the inning with a single. After a strike out, Brown would advance to second on a ground out. Then with 2 outs, Cord Sandberg would single to score Brown to tie the game at 1.
From there the pitching staffs would take over for both teams. The Crosscutters would not allow a hit through 9 innings. The Scrappers would use three pitchers to 5 runners over the next 6 innings to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Scrappers found their offense. Mejia started the inning with a single before being moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Leo Castillo. Taylor Murphy followed with a single to rightfield to score Mejia for a 2-1 lead. Josh McAdams followed with a single of his own to put runners at first and second. After a foul out, Yonathan Mendoza singled to load the bases. Austin Fisher then hit a sharp groundball towards the Crosscutters second basemen. An error would allow both Murphy and McAdams to score to push the Scrappers lead out to 4-1. Steven Patterson followed with a single to score Mendoza for the Scrappers final run and a 5-1 lead.
JP Feyereisen then worked a scoreless 10th inning, striking out Aaron Brown with a runner at first to end the game.
Julian Merryweather turned in another quality start for Mahoning Valley. He went 5 innings allowing 6 hits and 1 run. Merryweather walked 1 and struck out 5. David Speer would follow in relief. Speer worked 3.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just 1 hit and struck out 4 while walking none. Feyereisen (2-0) worked the final 1.1 innings for the win. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 4 without walking a batter.
With the win the Scrappers finish the road trip 3-2 and will return home on Sunday only 3 games out of the wild card.
The Scrappers will now host State College for three games starting Sunday at 5:05. 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.