Ryan Huck had a two-run double for an early 2-0 lead and three Vermont pitchers held Williamsport to one unearned run on five hits in a Lake Monsters 4-1 New York-Penn League victory over the Crosscutters on Saturday evening at historic Centennial Field.
Scoreless into the bottom of the fourth, Boog Powell led off the inning with a line drive to the right-center field gap for his third triple of the season. After a groundout and walk to B.J. Boyd, Huck drilled a 2-2 pitch to the fence in rightcenter for a double to give the Lake Monsters the 2-0 lead. It was the first hit in nine at bats for Huck since missing 13 games due to injury.
The Crosscutters got their lone run an inning later on a Corey Bass sacrifice fly scoring Dylan Cozens, who had reached leading off the inning on an error. Vermont starter Matt Stalcup allowed the unearned run on two hits with a walk (leading off the game) and three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings, while Fernand Cruzado (1-2) three hits and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of relief for the win. Sam Bragg walked two and struckout three over the final two innings for his fourth save of the year.
Over the first five games on the 3-2 homestand so far, Vermont pitchers have allowed 12 runs (seven earned) on 31 hits over 47 innings with only seven walks and 55 strikeouts for a 1.34 ERA. The Lake Monsters have given up just one run in each of their three wins on the homestand and have allowed the opponent to score just a single run in 17 different games.
Vermont added a insurance runs in the eighth inning as Luis Baez singled with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Josh Miller RBI single. One out later after a stolen base, Miller scored on a Chris Wolfe line drive double down the left-field line for a 4-1 lead. Miller and Huck both had a pair of hits in the game for the Lake Monsters.
Crosscutters starter Drew Anderson (5-3) allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over five innings to take the loss, while Logan Pierce had two hits for Williamsport (24-27), who have lost five straight games to begin a six-game roadtrip.
Vermont (26-27) looks to get back to the .500 mark at the NY-Penn League All-Star break when they wrap up a six-game homestand on Sunday against the Crosscutters beginning at 5:05 pm as Pepsi presents Champ's Halloween Birthday Bash at historic Centennial Field with gates opening at 4:00 pm.
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