Erased Run the Difference for Williamsport Win

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks

July 20, 2017 | Williamsport Crosscutters 5, Batavia Muckdogs 4 | New York-Penn League (SS)

BATAVIA, N.Y. – What could have been for the Batavia Muckdogs.

In the fifth, Jhonny Santos stole third base and came home on an errant throw. However, home plate umpire Jake Botek had apparently called a timeout before the ball was in play and Santos was sent back to second.

That run turned out to be the difference as the Muckdogs fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters 5-4 on Thursday at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York.

Batavia is 3-7 in its last 10 games, a mark that is tied for last in the New York-Penn league, and is just a half-game ahead of the last-place Auburn Doubledays nearly 30 games into the season.

The Muckdogs scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a Tyler Curtis single, but found themselves trailing for more than half of the game.

No. 8 overall pick (Philadelphia Phillies) in this year’s draft, Adam Haseley drove in the first Williamsport run with a single in the third to tie the game at one. Louisville product and 13th round draft pick, Colby Fitch, hit a leadoff home run to right field the next inning and Williamsport added three more runs before recording an out. Austin Listi hit a baes loaded double and Nick Maton followed it up with a one-run single before the next three batters struck out.

Down 5-2 in the sixth, Batavia cut the lead to one with back-to-back one-run singles from Thomas Jones and Lazaro Alonso, but that was all she wrote on the scoreboard as the Muckdogs fell 5-4.

Despite Williamsport going three-up-three-down in the final five innings, Batavia could not complete the comeback with the disallowed run looming large.

Kyle Young moved to 5-0 for the Crosscutters after starting and going five innings of two run, one walk, and four strikeout ball. Luis Ramirez pitched a one-walk ninth to pick up his third save of the season.

The Crosscutters sit at 16-12 and one game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and West Virginia Black Bears in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

SCOREBOARD

Williamsport Crosscutters (11-18)    100  012  000 – 4 7 1

Batavia Muckdogs (16-12)                001  400  000 – 5 6 2

THE SERIES

7/20     Williamsport 5, Batavia 4

7/21     Williamsport at Batavia

7/22     Williamsport at Batavia

PROSPECT WATCH

Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI)

1st        Adam Haseley            1/4, RBI, K, SB

4th        Jake Scheiner              0/3, 2 K, BB

7th        Nick Maton                 1/5, RBI, K, SB

13th      Colby Fitch                 2/3, R, RBI, HR, BB

17th      Austin Listi                 1/3, 2 RBI, 2 K

16th      Kyle Dohy                  1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K

Batavia Muckdogs (MIA)

#10      Thomas Jones             1/3, R, RBI, BB, 2 K

19th      Micah Brown              1/2, 2 R, BB, HBP

23rd      Tyler Curtis                1/4, RBI, K

31st      Harrison White           0/4, 4 K

#26      Remey Reed               3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

28th      Vincenzo Aiello         2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 5 K

THE BALLPARK

Dwyer Stadium is a small field that doubles as a high school field in the spring with no video board. This is an excellent use of the field as single-A short season doesn’t start until the end of June following the draft. The small park fits just 2,000 fans, but has some of the more comfortable seats of any field.

PROMOTIONS

It was the weekly Kids Eat Free night in Batavia on Thursday as the first 100 kids could get a hot dog, drink, and snack item for free. The Muckdogs also ran Irish Night and played Irish music throughout the game.

NEXT STOP

Toledo Mud Hens at Rochester Red Wings on July 22 or 23.

Follow @michaelhammond_ on Twitter for live updates.

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