WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - After scoring nine runs on Sunday, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers did even better on Monday, using a five-run first inning to roll to a 12-6 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
The Scrappers took advantage of two errors and a wild pitch to take a 5-0 first-inning lead. Jairo Kelly led off the game with a ground-rule double and Joseph Wendle later doubled him home.
Williamsport starting pitcher Delvin Perez committed an error and threw the wild pitch in the first inning. Mahoning Valley roughed him up for six runs (four earned) and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Joe Sever knocked in Brian Pointer and Tyler Naquin with a two-run single in the fourth inning to give the Scrappers a 7-0 lead. Aaron Siliga added another single to plate Charlie Valerio for another run.
After Williamsport pulled within 9-6, the Scrappers scored three insurance runs in the ninth inning as Evan Frazar singled home Valerio and Sever and Hunter Jones grounded into a force out that brought in Siliga.
Frazar knocked in three runs and had three hits, Wendle had three hits and two RBIs and Sever added a pair of hits and drove in three for Mahoning Valley, which pulled above .500 on the season at 8-7.
The Scrappers conclude the three-game series against Williamsport tonight at 7:05 before they come home for a three-game series against Aberdeen on Wednesday.