Spikes fall to Crosscutters

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes shut out the Williamsport Crosscutters in every inning save one, but that single frame would be the difference as the Crosscutters broke through with five straight hits to start a five-run sixth inning and take a 5-2 decision on Tuesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Cesar Valera had another big game for State College (8-7) with two hits, including a double, but it was not quite enough. Valera is now 12-for-23 against Williamsport this year, good for a .522 average.

Ben O’Shea (2-1) coasted through the first five innings on the hill for the Spikes, but the sixth would be his undoing on the night as he yielded back-to-back doubles, a single, and another double to begin the sixth inning and conclude his night.

O’Shea elicited three double plays on the game, including a strike ’em out, throw ’em out twin killing in the second, but ended up charged with four runs, all earned, on a total of six hits, a walk and a hit batsman. The southpaw did record three strikeouts in his mound tenure.

Dylan Cozens capped the Crosscutters’ sixth-inning rally with a two-run homer to the bleachers in right field off of Spikes reliever Jhonny Polanco.

State College had taken the lead in the fourth on David Washington’s RBI double. Steven Ramos then added a run-scoring single in the seventh inning to draw the Spikes within three runs, but was thrown out trying to extend it to a double.

Bruce Caldwell also had multiple hits for State College, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Williamsport reliever Yacksel Rios (1-0) got credit for the win in relief as he tossed three innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out three. Starter Jon Prosinski carried a 10.80 ERA on the season into the game, but held the Spikes to just one run on four hits while also striking out three through four innings of work. Felix Santos (1) hurled two shutout innings, allowing three hits and a walk in the process, to pick up the save.

Wednesday, the Spikes visit Williamsport to complete their three-game set against the Crosscutters with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Historic Bowman Field.