PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA-- The home cooking continued for the Purcellville Cannons on Friday night in their 4-3 victory over the Covington Lumberjacks. With the win, Purcellville improves to 7-1 at home in July and have now won nine of their last 11 contests at Fireman's Field.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, All star outfielder DeAndre Amion's double down the left field line scored Raul Cabrera and Eriq White to give the Cannons a 4-3 advantage. Marshall University product Tyler Ratliff proceeded to move from third base to the pitchers' mound, striking out four batters and nailing down his first save of the season.
The Cannons got on the board early in the first inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases off Covington starter Justin Heckert. Three batters later, first baseman Wade Arduini looped a 2-run single to right field that outfielder Britton Elmore could not haul in on a diving attempt.
Despite the early lead, Purcellville couldn't add to it, leaving five men on base between the second and sixth inning. Cannons' starter Alex London allowed an unearned run to cross on a ground ball in the third inning, but the big knock was a 2-run double in the sixth from Covington second baseman Bruce Martin to give the Lumberjacks a 3-2 lead.
London was handed a no-decision, allowing two earned runs over five innings of work.
Reliever Andrew Green picked up his second victory of the season, throwing a scoreless seventh inning.
The victory keeps the Cannons (16-22) a half game above the New Market Rebels (16-23) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the VBL North. The Rebels won 10-7 over Waynesboro at home on Friday, keeping them in striking distance of the Cannons.
Now Purcellville will get ready for their sixth contest against New Market this season when they host the Rebels at Fireman Field on Saturday.
Pat Doudican gets the start for the Cannons. The left-hander from the College of Charleston allowed just two runs in a 7-inning span against the Rebels last Sunday, a 3-2 walkoff win in 10 innings for Purcellville.
Seminole State College Ryan Evans gets the start for New Market, his first of the summer.