Radford Baseball's Andy Szamski hit a Grand Slam and Drove in 5 RBI on the night against Rival Strasburg on Sunday Night. Photo by Matt Gusmerotti.
Cannons Continue to Dominate on the Road
By, Matt Davis
STRASBURG, VIRGINIA—The Cannons (24-14) traveled to Strasburg (18-19) to take the season series lead at 3-2. The Cannons scored throughout the game and won 12-0, but the game was capped off on a ninth inning grand slam by Andy Szamski to officially close the book on the game.
Eric White (0-2) started the game for the Express, in only his second start of the season, but it did not go well. White had a difficult time in the first inning as the Cannons managed to go one through nine in their batting order and score four runs. Gabe Castillo led off the game by getting hit by a pitch. Then newcomer, Lamar Briggs in his first at-bat with the Cannons lined a single to right field. After Adam Whitacre popped out, Shaggy Freeland singled to load the bases. Trey McDyre came up with two outs after a strikeout by Onassis Matos, and delivered a single, allowing Castillo and Briggs to score to put the Cannons up 2-0. Andrew Zban and Andy Szamsi had back-to-back singles that brought in one run each to make the score 4-0 at the end of the top of the first. Colin Reid came out and pitched a flawless first inning, striking out the side.
The Cannons managed to get one run in the third. With one out, Onassis Matos singled and McDyre doubled to put runners on second and third. While Andrew Zban was at the plate, there was a wild pitch that allowed Matos to score to make the score 5-0.
The Cannons didn’t stop there as they kept the pedal to the metal and scored two more runs in the fourth. With one out, Gabe Castillo, Adam Whitacre, and Lamar Briggs all worked walks to load the bases. Shaggy Freeland then singled up the middle to score Castillo from third and keep the bases loaded. White bounced back for the Express and struck out Matos, but with two outs, McDyre drew a bases loaded walk to bring in the seventh run of the game for the Cannons.
Colin Reid’s day finished with five shutout innings pitched, five hits, three walks, and a season high of seven strikeouts. The Cannons came to bat in the sixth, and added one run, after Lamar Briggs singled with one out and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Shaggy then singled to bring home Briggs from second and the score after the top of the sixth was 8-0.
The Cannons used four pitchers after Colin Reid, each going one inning. The first reliever was Jordan Beans, making his Cannons debut. Beans pitched a shutout sixth inning, allowing only one hit and a walk. Parker Dyson entered the game in the seventh and worked a perfect inning and had two strikeouts. Drew Windham, relieved Dyson in the eighth for his second relief appearance this summer and he too worked a shutout inning, only allowing one hit and adding one strikeout.
After Andy Szamski’s grand slam in the top of the ninth to make the score 12-0, Zach Burch came on to work the bottom of the ninth and Burch preserved the combined shutout and only allowed one hit. Colin Reid got the win, his third of the summer.
More good news for the Cannons as their lead in the North grows to three games as New Market lost against Front Royal. The Cannons play a makeup game at home on Monday, July 24th against Covington. First pitch is at 7 PM, with gates opening at 5:30 PM.