PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA—The Cannons looked to make it three wins in a row against the defending champions of the Valley League, the Strasburg Express. The Cannons were coming off an extra innings win on Monday on the road and a big 7-0 win last night at home.
The Cannons and the Express went through the first 2 innings without any runs. However, Strasburg threatened in the top of the second, but Colin Reid managed to work through it and come out unscathed.
Tanner Skidmore would relieve Colin Reid after two innings of work. Reid would leave with a shutout and only gave up 2 hits and struck out one Express hitter. Skidmore would cruise through the third, retiring the Express in order 1, 2, 3. In the bottom of the third, the Cannons were able to continue their great game on Tuesday, getting runs early in the game. Jake Goodreau led off the inning with a walk, and Raul Cabrera sacrificed him over to second. Andew Zban would ground out to the second baseman, but Goodreau would move over to third. Then Sheldon Reed came to the plate and hit a hard groundball to the second baseman, who had trouble fielding it and Reed beat the flip to the pitcher and Goodreau would score to put the Cannons up 1-0.
Skidmore would run into a bumpy fourth inning, as the Express managed to get bases loaded with two outs. Skidmore would bare down and do his job, inducing a fly ball out to right fielder, Ray Hernandez to end the inning and the threat. The Cannons would go quietly through the fourth, 1, 2, 3.
Skidmore came back out for the fifth inning and would bounce back from the bumpy fourth he had. He managed to retire the Express in order 1, 2, 3. In the fifth for the Cannons, Trey McDyre led off by getting to first on a dropped third strike. Jake Goodreau would bunt him up to second. Raul Cabrera would fly out to the right fielder, but Andrew Zban would single and then steal second, McDyre would move to third on Zban’s single. Sheldon Reed singled and McDyre came in to score from third making the score 2-0 in favor of the Cannons.
That would be all the scoring for the Cannons, but the Express didn’t count themselves out. In the sixth, Brandon Quaranta hit a solo homerun to left center, making the score 2-1. The Express would tie the game up in the top of the ninth, after a leadoff walk and a sac bunt to put the runner on second. Hunter Peck threw a wild pitch that led the runner over to third. Jose Bonilla Traverso would groundout to Raul Cabrera but the tying run would score.
The Cannons didn’t make much of a threat in the ninth, and they would go quietly meaning we’d have to settle it in extras in Purcellville. In the top of the tenth, Hunter Peck stayed out on the mound. The Cannons ran into some trouble after a leadoff single to Tyler Martin in the tenth, Peck would hit the next batter, Brandon Quaranta. Philip Madonna who pinch hit for the catcher, Jake Perry, would sacrifice bunt and move the runners to second and third with one out. Hunter Stokes would follow up with a groundout to second baseman Raul Cabrera, but lead runner Tyler Martin managed to score to put the Express up 3-2 and that is where the game would end. Unfortunately, no late game heroics from the Cannons, ends their 2-game winning streak.
The Cannons used five pitchers, Colin Reid, Tanner Skidmore, John Nolan, Dalton Whitaker, and Hunter Peck.
The Cannons do remain atop the North division in the Valley League at 7 wins and 3 losses. The Cannons start a 2-game roadtrip to New Market on Thursday and Staunton on Friday both games start at 7:30 PM.