Crosscutters snap Spikes’ win streak with 13-5 rout

WILLIAMSPORT – The State College Spikes saw their string of ten consecutive wins come to an end on Monday night as the Williamsport Crosscutters scored seven runs in the first inning to take a 13-5 decision at Historic Bowman Field.

Despite the loss, the Spikes (41-24) remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Jamestown in the Pinckney Division race and 1 1/2 games clear of Tri-City for the best record in the New York-Penn League. In addition, the Spikes’ magic number to reach the postseason was reduced to five with Lowell’s loss on Monday.

Williamsport (31-34) brought ten batters to the plate in the opening frame, and scored six runs before State College could record an out. The Spikes bounced back to score three runs of their own in the second inning on doubles by Matthew Young and Steven Ramos, but the Crosscutters responded with a three-run second to erase the surge and cruise to victory.

Despite the defeat on a rainy night, the Spikes still produced nine hits, including two each for Ramos, Young and Jimmy Bosco. Ramos maintained his hold on the league’s batting lead, upping his average to .354. Bosco reached base four times with a single, a double and two walks.

The ten-game winning streak that ended on Monday was the longest in franchise history. State College also took its first loss at Historic Bowman Field this season after winning its first four road games against the Crosscutters.

Several Williamsport players put up big offensive efforts, led by catcher Andrew Knapp. Knapp went 4-for-5 with three doubles and scored three runs while driving in one. Dylan Cozens and Herlis Rodriguez also collected three-hit games, and Samuel Hiciano scored three runs while Rodriguez knocked in three.

Juan Bautista (1-4) took the loss after allowing ten runs, seven earned, on nine hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings. The outing was Bautista’s shortest as a Spike.

Joshua Warner (2-4) received the win in relief for Williamsport. The Australian right-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Warner came on in the fifth after starter Mitch Gueller had yielded three runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. Gueller also struck out three batters.

Today the Spikes look to get back into the win column in a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Crosscutters at Historic Bowman Field. The second game of a three-game set will feature right-hander Arturo Reyes (1-2), who notched his first professional win last time out against Williamsport, going for State College. Right-hander Drew Anderson (6-3) gets the ball for the Crosscutters.

After Tuesday night’s matchup, the two teams will head back to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday night for a 7:05 p.m. game to kick off the Spikes’ final homestand of the regular season.