Comeback Cutters Down Thunder Again

Road Game - Trenton (1)

Trenton, NJ - For the second straight night at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, the Williamsport Crosscutters rallied from a multi-run deficit to defeat the Trenton Thunder, tonight by a final score of 14-11.

Trenton took the early 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Williamsport took advantage of pitching miscues by the Thunder to tie the game up with two outs in the third. It all started with a Jackson Mayo walk, a hit by pitch for Joshua Lopez, and a walk by Riley Nelson to load the bases. This set the table for Jacob Corson to earn an RBI the hard way as he was hit by a pitch, which scored Mayo to make it 1-1.

The scoreboard would then stand silent until the top of the fifth inning, when the Cutters would again find the plate thanks to a couple of long balls. Joshua Lopez led off the frame with a solo home run to retake the lead, and following a Jacob Corson walk, Cole Russo belted a home run to make it 4-1 in favor of Williamsport in the middle of the fifth inning.

The Thunder would find seven runs over the next two innings, while Williamsport's offense fell silent, giving Trenton the 8-4 advantage after six innings.

The Cutters would respond in a big way in the top of the seventh inning, Carter Dorighi singled with the bases loaded, scoring Riley Nelson. JM Long would immediately follow that up with an RBI walk. Dorighi, along with Cole Russo, would score thanks to a Trenton error during a Blake Simpson at-bat. Then, with the bases loaded, Jackson Mayo would crush a bases-clearing double to score Long, Simpson, and Connor Shouse to give Williamsport an 11-8 lead at stretch time.

Trenton started to respond in the bottom of the frame, narrowing the Williamsport lead to 11-9 through seven innings.

The eighth inning would see Williamsport complete their second straight night of offensive explosiveness as they plated another three runs. Blake Simpson doubled to score JM Long and would cross the plate himself on a wild pitch. Jacob Corson worked an RBI walk, scoring the final run of the ballgame for the Cutters, making it a 14-9 lead in the middle of the eighth.

Trenton would tack on two runs in the bottom of the eighth to get into double digits themselves, but after both sides failed to score in the ninth, the scoreboard fell in Williamsport's favor with a 14-11 victory in Game #2 of this three game series.

Gavin Perry got the start for Williamsport, going 5.0 innings in a no decision. He would allow three runs, two earned, on five hits, four walks, and no strikeouts.

Gray Thomas was the first out of the bullpen but would fail to record an out in his appearance, surrendering three runs, two earned, and walking two Thunder batters.

Nathan Ward, who joined the team just a few short hours earlier, would pick up his first win with the Crosscutters after one inning of work, allowing two runs, both earned, on one hit and two walks. Ward would also be charged with a blown save opportunity.

Alex Clemons earned a hold after 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two runs, both earned, on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Connor Shouse closed out the game on the hill after starting in right field. He would go the final 1.2 innings allowing one run, one earned, on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout in a non-save situation.

Williamsport will conclude this road series against the Trenton Thunder tomorrow afternoon at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Live video coverage of tomorrow's game, and all 2024 MLB Draft League games will be available at and the App.

Cutters Carvings - Williamsport turned a triple play in the third inning tonight, the first in the history of the MLB Draft League...For the second night in a row, Williamsport scored double digit runs in a win while also allowing double digit runs...With tonight's win, the Cutters have guaranteed a series win for the second time in as many series to open the 2024 MLB Draft League season...