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Spikes Win-Streak Snapped at 10

Williamsport crushes State College Monday night 13-5.
WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA - The State College Spikes saw their string of ten consecutive wins come to an end on Monday night as the Williamsport Crosscutters scored seven run in the first inning to take a 13-5 decision at Historic Bowman Field.
 
Despite the loss, the Spikes (41-24) remain 1½ games ahead of Jamestown in the Pinckney Division race and 1½ games clear of Tri-City for the best record in the New York-Penn League. In addition, the Spikes’ magic number to reach the postseason was reduced to five with Lowell’s loss on Monday.
 
Williamsport (31-34) brought ten batters to the plate in the opening frame, and scored six runs before State College could record an out. The Spikes bounced back to score three runs of their own in the second inning on doubles by Matthew Young and Steven Ramos, but the Crosscutters responded with a three-run second to erase the surge and cruise to victory.
 
Despite the defeat on a rainy night, the Spikes still produced nine hits, including two each for Ramos, Young and Jimmy Bosco. Ramos maintained his hold on the league’s batting lead, upping his average to .354. Bosco reached base four times with a single, a double and two walks.
 
The ten-game winning streak that ended on Monday was the longest in franchise history. State College also took its first loss at Historic Bowman Field this season after winning its first four road games against the Crosscutters.
 
Several Williamsport players put up big offensive efforts, led by catcher Andrew Knapp. Knapp went 4-for-5 with three doubled and scored three runs while driving in one. Dylan Cozens and Herlis Rodriguez also collected three-hit games, and Samuel Hiciano scored three runs while Rodriguez knocked in three.
 
Juan Bautista (1-4) took the loss after allowing ten runs, seven earned, on nine hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings. The outing was Bautista’s shortest as a Spike.
 
Joshua Warner (2-4) received the win in relief for Williamsport. The Australian right-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Warner came on fin the fifth after starter Mitch Gueller had yielded three runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. Gueller also struck out three batters.

--Spikes Media Relations--

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