Smith lead Scrappers over Crosscutters

Staff report

Williamsport, PA.

Connor Smith made an impact in his first game with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Smith, who was sent down from Lake County on Wednesday, hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning of the Scrappers’ 2-0 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.

After Mitch Reeves lead off the inning with a single, Smith hit his first home run with the Scrappers over the left-field wall.

Juan Mota improved to 3-4 with six innings of one-hit baseball.

Mota allowed a single to Ben Pelletier in the first inning. It was the Crosscutters’ only hit of the night.

Luis Araujo allowed one walk and struck out two in 12/3 innings of relief and Erick Algarin earned his sixth save by striking out three in 11/3 innings.

Reeves had two hits and two walks for the Scrappers (32-20).

Colton Eastman pitched two scoreless innings to open the game for the Crosscutters (22-31), but Jack Perkins allowed Smith’s home run. Perkins allowed three hits and struck out two in two innings.

Tyler Freeman’s 21-game hitting streak came to an end after he went 0 for 3. Freeman tied Ernie Clement for the longest streak in Scrappers history.

The Scrappers will play a two-game road series with the West Virginia Black Bears this weekend before the All-Star break.

Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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