Scrappers fall in front of record crowd

The Scrappers fell to Williamsport, 11-6, in front of 6,576 fans who packed Eastwood Field in a Fourth of July game Thursday night. It was the eighth largest crowd in the stadium’s history.

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The Crosscutters plated three runs in both the second and third innings, highlighted by a majestic home run by Dylan Cozens. Andrew Pullin went 4-6 for Williamsport and also drove in a pair of runs in the win.

The Scrappers got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Cody Ferrell crushed a pitch to the wall in left-centerfield. The ball was misplayed, allowing Ferrell to race home for an inside-the-park home run to cut the deficit to 6-1.

Mahoning Valley rallied for four more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Claudio Bautista notched an RBI double, while James Roberts added an RBI single. Roberts finished the game 2-3 with two RBIs.

Robert Whitenack (1-2) suffered the loss for the Scrappers, allowing four earned runs in four innings of work. He struck out for Crosscutters in the setback.

Chris Nichols (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Williamsport. He tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

The Scrappers drop to 7-11 on the season, while the Crosscutters improve to 9-7. The series resumes Friday night at 7 p.m. at Eastwood Field.

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