Crosscutters sink Scrappers

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Tyler Burch held Mahoning Valley to two hits over five innings as Williamsport held the Scrappers down Saturday, 3-1.

Burch (4-1) struck out four, while Victor Vargas and Brian Marconi came in to keep Mahoning Valley (33-33) in check — seven games of being eliminated from the New York-Penn League postseason.

Williamsport (27-39) got its first run on a fielding error by MV’s Henry Pujols in the bottom of the third inning.

Rudy Rott had a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, but that’s all the Scrappers would allow as its pitching staff was solid.

Daniel Espino (0-1) had nine strikeouts in four innings, credited for the three runs. Liam Jenkins pitched the final four innings, striking out three.

The Scrappers’ offense finally came alive in the top of the ninth as the bases were loaded with no outs. Bryan Lavastida walked to get the first MV runner home.

However, the Scrappers followed up with two strikeouts and a ground out to end the game.

Mahoning Valley opens a series today in Auburn, starting at 1 p.m.