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Crosscutters Hang On in Exciting Pitchers' Duel

August 24, 2019 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - Williamsport Crosscutters News Release

Williamsport , PA - The Williamsport Crosscutters worked out of a ninth-inning bases-loaded jam to hang on for an exciting 3-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Mahoning Valley (34-34) had the bases loaded with no outs and already had pushed across its first run of the game but Brian Marconi (S, 1) battle back with a pair of strikeouts and then second baseman Nate Fassnacht made a nifty bare-hand play on a slow tapper to end the game.

Tyler Burch (W, 4-1) lasted five innings of stellar two-hit shutout ball and became the first starter for Williamsport (27-39) to record a win this year by becoming the first to last the required five frames. Burch kept his pitch-count low allowing the righty to remain in the game. He had zero walks and four strikeouts.

Rudy Rott lifted a two-run single to left-center off Cleveland first-rounder Daniel Espino (L, 0-1) for a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. The talented Espino racked up nine strikeouts in his stint but the Cutters pushed their way through for the early lead. Johan Rojas had two of his team's four hits in the game.

Just nine scheduled games remain in the regular season including five at home for the Cutters.

Williamsport travels to first-place Batavia looking to play spoiler in a three-game series beginning Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The series continues Monday at 7:05 p.m. and Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. RHP Brett Schulze is the scheduled starter for the Crosscutters in the series opener.

MV 1 6 1 (6)

WIL 3 4 0 (2)

W - Tyler Burch (4-1)

L - Daniel Espino (0-1)

S - Brian Marconi (1)

Crosscutters Record: 27-39

Next Home Game/Promotion: Wednesday, August 28 vs. Auburn Doubledays / Alize Johnson Bobbleheads

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