The Williamsport Crosscutters were eliminated from the New York - Penn League playoffs Sunday by the West Virginia Black Bears

The Williamsport Crosscutters saw their season come to an end with a 4-0 loss to the West Virginia Black Bears on Sunday. West Virginia will now move on to play for the New York - Penn League Championship against Staten Island.

After a season that saw the Crosscutters win more regular season games than at any point in their history, they were hoping for just a few more in the postseason. On Sunday, the Crosscutters lost to West Virginia 4-0, taking them out of contention for the New York - Penn League Championship. 

Williamsport missed an opportunity to pick up a first inning run after Mark Laird singled to lead off the inning and was moved to third base with two outs. Black Bears starter Brandon Waddell got Jose Pujols to ground out to end the inning, keeping the game scoreless after an inning.

Mitch Gueller made his first start of the series for Williamsport and retired the first nine batters that he faced. In the top of the sixth, Mitchell Tolman, who earlier had a single against Gueller, singled again to lead off the inning. Gueller also walked two batters in what would be his last inning of work for the season. A sacrifice fly from Logan Hill put West Virginia up 1-0. Ismael Cabrera came on to record the final two outs of the inning and also kept the Bears off the board in the top of the seventh.

Williamsport again missed an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh when Pujols ripped a doulbe off the right field wall and then moved over to third on a groundout by Jesus Posso. Unfortunately, Williamsport would leave Pujols on third when reliever Cesilio Pimentel came on and struck out back-to-back hitters to end the threat.

Anthony Sequeira came on in relief for Williamsport in the eighth and the Bears quickly went to work and were helped by two errors in the inning, which both came with two outs. The result would be three unearned runs for West Virginia and a 4-0 lead with the Cutters running out of time.

Williamsport put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, with both reaching on walks, but they were again stranded, kicking off the celebration by the Black Bears.

West Virginia, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, now advances to the New York - Penn League Championship where they will face the Staten Island Yankees in a best-of-five series.

 


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