It’s that time of year again, so let’s get right to it.
Williamsport : 5-4, 1 GB in the NYPL Pinckney division
Williamsport beats State College 15-2
Leandro Castro got the year off on the right note by going 5-6 with a HR, 2 RBI and 2 R. TJ Warren also had a big night going 3-5 with a 2B, 3B, 3 RBI and 3 R. Catcher Jean Rodriguez was 3-5 with 2 RBI and a R while Francisco Murillo added two doubles and 3 RBI. Hewitt started the season with a 1/4 night that included an RBI, R and 2 Ks. Siulman Lebron got the win in his first start stateside. The 22 year old righty went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 1 BB while striking out 6. Massingham, Long and Grieve went the rest of the way without allowing a hit.
State College beats Williamsport 4-3
There wasn’t much offense for the Cutters after Jeremy Barnes hit a 2R HR in the first inning. Michael Dabbs went 3/4 and Evan Porter added two hits that included a 3B. Jon Pettibone went 5 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 1 BB while striking out 6. Reginal Simon gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning and Jordan Ellis took the loss after allowing a run in the ninth.
Williamsport beats State College 4-3
Dabbs led off and collected 2 2B among his 3 hits. Stephen Batts had hit his first 2B and HR of the season, finishing with 3 RBI and 2 R. Warren added 3 hits with an RBI and Hewitt picked up his first extra base hit with a 2B, but stuck out two more times. Freddy Ballestas pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5. He has since been promoted to Lakewood. Spencer Arroyo pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball to get the win.
Batavia beats Williamsport 6-5
Dabbs went 1/4, but the one was a 3R 3B. Jiwan James, now an OF, had an RBI 1B and RBI 3B. Barnes and Warren each had two hits while Hewitt went 0/4, but did not strike out. It’s hard to get excited when that is the best thing you can say. Nick Hernandez did not show well in his first start, allowing 4 R (3 ER) on 4 H and 1 BB in 3.1 innings. He only struck out 1. Justin Long took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on three hits.
Batavia beats Williamsport 7-0
Not much to report on this night. Batts, Dabbs and Roy Uhl each had one hit and that’s all the Cutters could muster. Josh Zeid went 4 innings, allowing 1 R on 3 H and struck out 2 while not walking anyone. Ellis gave up 2 ER and Grieve gave up 3 ER in relief.
Williamsport beats Batavia 1-0
James was 2/3 with a 2B and a R. Porter knocked in the game’s only run with his one hit. Hewitt was 1/4 with a 2B and 0 K. Lebron struck out 10 over 7 IP, allowing only 2 H and 1 BB. Long struck out 2 to get the save.
Mahoning Valley beats Williamsport 6-1
Barnes was 3/4 and Valle knocked in the only run with a sac fly. Hewitt (2), Warren (3) and James (2) each stole a base. Pettibone went six scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Massingham gave up 3 unearned runs without allowing a hit and Simon allowed 2 runs in 0.1 IP.
Williamsport beats Mahoning Valley 8-3
Murillo was 2/4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R. Valle and Dabbs also added home runs while Adam Buschini went 1/5 in his debut. Matt Way also made his debut, allowing only 1 H in 4 IP and striking out 3. Long picked up another save, walking 2 and striking out 2 over 2 innings.
Williamsport beats Mahoning Valley 6-1
James was 2-5 with an RBI. Warren was 2-3 with an RBI, BB, SB (5) and 2 R. Valle was 1/4 with a 2B and Buschini walked in 4 PA and stole a base. Hernandez went 4 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk, while striking out one. Luke Wertz pitched 3 shutout innings for the win.
GCL Phillies: 2-1, 1 GB in the GCL North
Blue Jays beat the Phillies 7-1
Dugan was 0-3 with a BB and R. Domingo Santana walked and struck out twice. Jakub Sladek was 1-2 and that was about it. Juan Sosa wasn’t good, allowing 5 R (3 ER) on 6 H and 3 BB while striking out 4. He also uncorked 3 wild pitches. Chad Poe pitched 2.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Chase Johnson struck out 6 in 2.2 IP.
Phillies beat the Blue Jays 2-1
Dugan was 0-5. SS Jonathan Villan was 2-5 with an RBI. OF Miguel Alvarez was 2-4 with a 2B, RBI and R. Julio Rodriguez went 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 7. Miguel Matos picked the save, striking out 2 over 2 innings.
Phillies beat the Pirates 2-1
Dugan picked up his first hit of the season in going 1-3. Santana also picked up a 2B and a run scored. Winder Torres knocked in one of the two runs. The pitching was great, allowing only 1 hit all day. Kevin Angelle allowed that hit, while striking out 3 over 4 IP. Scott Mathieson made an appearance for the first time in a long while, striking out 3 over 2 perfect innings. Bolsonbroek walked two and gave up an unearned run in his 1 IP and McConnell pitched a perfect ninth for the save.