WILLIAMSPORT - Situational hitting. Wednesday night Williamsport didn't have it, but twenty-four hours later, it was a different story.
Making the most of 10 hits - four of the extra-base hit variety - the Crosscutters mauled Batavia, 9-1, before 1,573 fans at Bowman Field.
The nine runs are the most scored by Williamsport since it put up a half dozen on the Muckdogs on July 22.
"That was really good right there," said a happy Cutter manager Shawn Williams. "That game had everything. Great defense, pitching and we swung the bats well."
The Cutters jumped on top in the second inning with a pair of runs.
With one out, Wilmer Oberto singled to right and one out later, Jan Hernandez smoked an RBI triple off the boards in deep right field, chasing Oberto across the dish with the first run. Hernandez made it 2-0 Cutters when he jogged home on a throwing by Batavia right fielder Ryan Aper.
Already up 2-0, the Cutters added on with four runs in the third. Walks to Cord Sandberg and Rhys Hoskins, a single by Jiandido Tromp, an RBI double by Wilson Garcia and a bases-clearing, 3-run double by Oberto allowed the Cutters to take care of business.
"They always say that good teams have good pitching and timely hitting," said Williams. "It is not necessarily how you get it, but when you get it. We had six runs on six hits, but they were all big hits. Jan (Hernandez) had the big triple to get us going and then (Wilmer) Oberto with the bases-loaded double. Big hits get big innings going and that worked for us tonight."
Trailing 6-0, the Muckdogs got on the board with a single run in the sixth inning on a double by Carlos Duran and an RBI double by Brad Haynal.
Not finished, Oberto completed his outstanding night with a long solo home run to right. Oberto finished a double short of the cycle while driving in four runs.
Ricardo Pinto hurled a strong six innings to pick up the win, the righthander allowing one earned run on four hits, walking one and striking out a pair. For Pinto, it was his first win of the season.
"It is really a shame that it is only his first win because he has pitched well enough all year to have more than just one win," said Williams. "Not only has he been consistent, but at times, he has been outstanding. What you saw tonight is kind of what he has been doing every time out. He has been throwing the ball really well."
"You can't ask for more then he gave us tonight," said Williams about Oberto. "He is another guy like Pinto where he has put together a lot of good at-bats, but his numbers aren't showing it. It was nice to see him have a big night like this because he deserves it. He swings the bat well and hits the ball hard every day."
After the disappointing doubleheader sweep the previous night, Williams feels that the big win on get-away day could be huge for the morale of his troops.
"Any time you get a win, but especially one like we got tonight can do a lot for the morale of the whole ball club," he said. "We needed to finish strong before the two-day road trip and then the All-Star break. From there, we just hope to finish strong."
RHP Jesen Therrien and OF Aaron Brown were promoted to Lakewood following Wednesday night's doubleheader with Batavia. Therrien appeared in eight games as a Cutter, posting a 1-1 log with an ERA of 3.00 in 15 innings of pitching. He had two save opportunities, going 1-1 in that department.
Brown, who became the primary center fielder, played in 47 games with a batting average of .256. He had seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and 16 RBIs.
The Cutters head for the Buckeye state for three games with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before enjoying a few days off for the NY-Penn All-Star break.