Cutters lose third straight
The Crosscutters held a 2-0 lead, and full control of the game, until an overturned call in the fifth inning changed their fortune. State College then scored the final five runs to beat Williamsport 5-2 Saturday night.
With two outs and two on in the fifth, home plate umpire Jeff Andrews called Jodaneli Carvajal out on a groundout, although it appeared as if the ball was fouled off of his body before entering play. Spikes manager Dave Turgeon protested the call, and after conversing with field umpire Matt Moore, Andrews overturned his decision.
Despite a lengthy protest from Cutters manager Andy Tracy, players exited the dugout and took back to the field. Delvin Perez was granted warm-up time, but was not the same pitcher who had retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced. Carvajal promptly tied the game several pitches later on a two-run single to left, and it was all Spikes from there.
An error by Mitch Walding in the sixth would score Tyler Gaffney to give the Spikes a 3-2 lead, and State College added two more runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Steven Inch.
It ruined great nights from Larry Greene and Logan Moore. Greene hit his second home run of the season on a solo blast to center field in the fourth inning. He would reach four times, going 2-for-3 with two extra-base hits.
Moore, meanwhile, threw out three potential base stealers, doubled and scored Williamsport's second run of the game.
The Crosscutters are now ten games under .500 and losers of three straight.
They play a double-header tomorrow at Bowman Field against the Spikes. Start time is at 5:05 p.m. Every Cutters game can be heard on ESPN Radio 104.1 FM, ESPN 1050 AM, or online at crosscutters.com.