Amiel Abreu pitched a stong 6 innings against Woodstock on Tuesday striking out 6 River Bandits on the day. Photo by Corrie Wernle.
WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA—The Cannons (25-15) traveled to Woodstock (14-26) for an early afternoon makeup game, with a lot on the line as they entered that game just two wins away from clinching first place in the North division. The Cannons did manage to come out with a win in extra innings and close out the season series against Woodstock with two wins out of five games.
The Cannons got out to an early lead in the second inning when Gabriel Castillo drew a bases loaded walk that scored Andy Szamski from third. In the third inning, Lamar Briggs led off with a double. After Shaggy Freeland sacrificed Briggs to third, Trey McDyre grounded out but Briggs was able to score, and McDyre would get the RBI credit. At the end of three innings, the Cannons led Woodstock 2-0.
The game remained close at 2-0 until the sixth inning, when the Cannons got two more runs. Trey McDyre led off by reaching base on an error. Andrew Zban stepped up and drove in McDyre and himself with a monstrous two-run homerun to make the score 4-0. In the seventh inning, Castillo and Trevin Esquerra hit back-to-back singles. Briggs then reached on a fielder’s choice, Esquerra was thrown out at second, and Castillo was retired due to an interference call. With two outs, Shaggy Freeland homered to make the score 6-0, Cannons.
Amiel Abreu got the start for the Cannons and pitched lights out for the Cannons for the first six innings. However, the River Bandits didn’t quit with a 6-0 deficit. The seventh started for the River Bandits with four straight singles. Gavin Rogers, then hit a two-RBI single to bring the score to 6-2. Parker Dyson then relieved Abreu and got the first out. With one out, Dyson surrendered the second two-RBI single of the inning to make the score 6-4. After bouncing back to get the second out, the River Bandits drew a walk to re-load the bases. Then Wyatt Belinda delivered the third and final two-RBI single to tie the game at six.
After that huge seventh inning, the game remained scoreless for the eighth and ninth innings and extras were needed. The bats for the Cannons came in the clutch as in the top of the tenth, Trey McDyre drew a one out walk. Zban then singled and McDyre was able to reach third on the throwing error by the second baseman. Andy Szamski did his job by driving a deep fly ball to left field to score McDyre and give the Cannons the 7-6 lead. Adam Whitacre then stepped to the plate and the first pitch in his at-bat was a wild pitch, which allowed Zban to advance to second. Whitacre then delivered a single to right field, and Zban was able to score to make the score 8-6.
Trey Alderman came on to close the game for the Cannons. The River Bandits managed to find a little life as they loaded the bases and scored one on Alderman. However, Trey would bear down and get the final outs to save the game and preserve the 8-7 victory for the Cannons.
The Cannons remain 1.5 games ahead of second place New Market (23-16). The Cannons and Rebels play on Wednesday in their final regular season meeting at Fireman’s Field at 7PM. With the win against Woodstock, the Cannons need to win one of their two final games to clinch first place in the North division.