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Scrappers 9th-inning rally falls short, lose 4-3 to Crosscutters

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost their fifth consecutive game Saturday evening, dropping a third straight on the road to the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-3.

After seven innings of scoreless baseball, the Scrappers took a 1-0 lead on a Josh Stevenson double to left that scored Bryan Williams Jr. in the top of the eighth inning. Williamsport responded in the bottom of the inning by scoring four runs, the first two of which after the Scrappers loaded the bases.

Needing three runs to force Williamsport to come back up to the plate, Mahoning Valley cut into the lead after Will Shannon, who drew a leadoff walk, scored on an Alton Gyselman groundout and Jared Quandt, who doubled, took advantage of a Crosscutters error to score and pull within one.

Down 4-3 and with a runner on first, Carson Crawford came to the plate as the go-ahead run. Unfortunately, the Scrappers’ aggression on the basepaths did not pay off, as Jordan Donahue was thrown out in an attempt to steal second and Crawford struck out swinging to end the game.

Quandt accounted for half of the Scrappers’ four hits Saturday; he went 2-for-4, while Gyselman and Josh Stevenson each recorded an RBI.

The Scrappers, who had won 9 of 10 after two losses to start the season, have not won since an 8-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder last Sunday. Mahoning Valley will try to avoid a four-game sweep in Williamsport on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

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