Mahoning Valley continued to ride high Sunday night as they won their fourth game in a row against the Williamsport Crosscutters. After a slow start to the season at 2-6, which included a 5 game losing streak, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have battled back to a .500 7-7 record on Sunday night with its win over Williamsport. The bats were remarkably hot Sunday as eight of the nine Scrapper starters had at least one hit.
Tyler Naquin validated his first round draft selection Sunday going 3 for 4 with one RBI. Naquin's speed and agility was on display as well, showing crafty base running, determination and quick feet. Naquin's quick adjustment to professional baseball has him leading the Scrappers in batting average at .393. Scrappers' third baseman Joseph Wendle has also gotten off to a fast start to the season. His team leading 4 RBIs on Sunday gave the Scrappers a comfortable 7-0 lead after six innings.
The only chink in the Scrappers' armor came in the 7th inning when relief pitcher Rafael Homblert gave up a hit and an earned run. Starting pitcher Ryan Merritt had a solid showing to collect his second win of the season. Merritt gave up six hits in six innings of work. Despite giving up six hits Merritt had no earned runs and four strike-outs.
The Scrappers will look to keep this stretch of solid hitting and methodical pitching going as they face off with Williamsport again Monday night at 7:05 pm. With a win on Monday night the Scrappers will be above .500 for the first time since they started the season off 2-1.