SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK From Cafaro Field
Late-inning collapse: Manager Dave Turgeon tried to rationalize two straight games in which the Scrappers have been hit hard in the late innings. They allowed seven runs in the eighth inning Saturday against Williamsport and four more in the eighth Sunday. "We just haven't been able to go to the bullpen and match up," Turgeon said. "Guys are on 25-, 30-pitch limits, and then we can't go back-to-back days with them. So, you're going out there with a certain amount of bullets, and you have to use them carefully. That's what we've done so far. It just hasn't worked out for us."
Style of play: Turgeon admired Williamsport's play in the two-game series. In each game, the Crosscutters revealed an assortment of bunts and plays that scored runs. "That team plays some serious small ball," Turgeon said. "That's the best bunting team I've ever seen. They sac[rifice] them, they drag them, they move them."
From boxing to baseball: Scrappers players weren't the only professionals at Cafaro Field. Youngstown boxer Kelly Pavlik took part in the first-pitch ceremony.
Center of attention: Designated hitter Keith Lillash, of Mentor and Cleveland State University, loved the Cafaro Field experience last weekend. "You walk out of the locker room and kids start swarming you," he said. "I couldn't believe how many people were here. They told me, but I still didn't believe them. It's amazing."
-- Brian Richesson