Scrappers win in Williamsport, 12-6
WILLIAMSPORT - Monday night the Mahoning Valley Scrappers stole another one on the road against the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 12-6 win and raised their winning streak to five games in a row.
Another hot night in Williamsport, Virginia led to another hot start for the Scrappers as they scored five runs in the first inning. With Monday night's win the Scrappers moved to 8-7 on the season, their first time being over .500 since the third game of the season.
Jairo Kelly sparked the five-run first-inning with a ground role double in the first at bat of the night. With arguably two of the Scrappers hottest hitters coming up to bat the Scrappers knew they had to capitalize. A walk by Naquin followed by a deep shot to left from Joseph Wendle allowed Naquin and Kelly to come around and score for the early 2-0 lead. Three more runs in the first inning by Wendle, Charlie Valerio and Evan Frazar put the Scrappers ahead 5-0.
Mahoning Valley never looked back after they jumped on Crosscutter pitcher Delvin Perez in the first inning. Robbie Aviles (1-1) made his third start of the season Monday against the Crosscutters. Aviles got off to a good start through his first four innings, allowing no runs through three and only one in the fourth.
However, Aviles started to throw a few loose pitches in the fifth inning as the Crosscutters made their most valiant effort at a comeback. With the score 8-5 after Aviles gave up four runs in the fifth, the Scrappers decided to go with relif pitcher Josh Martin. Martin lasted two innings giving up one run and two hits.
The notable pitching performance of the night goes to Louis Head. Head came into the game in the eighth inning with the Crosscutters in striking distance at 9-6. His best performance of the year was needed by the Scrappers to hang on as he struck out five of the last six batters he faced. Head's outstanding performance earned him his first save of the year.
Notable hitting performances by Evan Frazar, Aaron Siliga, Joe Sever and Joseph Wendle as the four combined for 10 of the teams 12 hits and 9 of the Scrappers 10 RBI. It looks like the Scrappers early season batting woes are a thing of the past now after five straight wins and two consecutive games of nine-plus runs.
Mahoning Valley will look to sweep the three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.