Home Sweet Home
By, Matt Davis
PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA—After a great road win against Staunton on Monday, the Cannons returned home to take on the Harrisonburg Turks. Getting the ball for the Cannons was left handed pitcher Andy Crum who was on a streak of 2 quality starts of at least 5 innings pitched.
The Turks came out swinging and looking for revenge as the Cannons have a 2-0 series lead against the Turks. In the first, Crum surrendered 2 runs. After a walk and a double to the second and third hitters, cleanup hitter Tony Beam hit a sac fly to score the first run. Then, Brendan Venter, who hit the double with one out, scored on a wild pitch from Crum. The Cannons would answer in the bottom of the first, with a one-out homerun by Trevin Esquerra. At the end of one complete inning, the Turks were up 2-1.
Crum was able to bounce back and pitched back-to-back scoreless innings in the second and third. The Cannons were also shut down by Turks starter Matthew Young. In the fourth however, Brendan Venter led off the top of the fourth with a monster homerun to straight away center field. Crum would bounce back to retire the next three hitters in a row and headed to the bottom of the fourth trailing 3-1. The Cannons answered BIG in the bottom of the fourth. They collected eight hits and six runs and batted around. The inning led off with a Ray Hernandez single. Sheldon Reed followed that with a single and Onassis Matos reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Raul Cabrera was hit by a pitch and that scored the first run to make it 3-2 and keep the bases loaded. Andrew Zban hit an RBI single and Brenton Sanders followed up with a 2-RBI single, but was thrown out after taking too big of a turn at first. Langston Watkins came up with a runner on third and hit an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw home to try and get Zban, but Zban slid in safe in plenty of time. The lineup turned over and with 2 outs, Trevin Esquerra singled and Watkins scored. Ray Hernandez and Sheldon Reed would both single again to make the bases loaded, but Onassis Matos hit a bullet on the ground to third and was thrown out to end the inning.
The Cannons headed to the top of the fifth up 7-3 after 6 runs crossed the plate. That would finish the scoring for the Cannons, while Turks would be held scoreless until the eighth where they would score two.
The game would end with the Cannons taking the 7-5 victory. Andy Crum would finish the day pitching 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 3 and striking out 6 hitters. Hunter Peck came in and threw .1 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 earned runs and walking 2. Trey Alderman came in to relieve Peck and finished off the last 1.2 innings. Alderman didn’t give up any hits, runs or walks and managed to strikeout 3 hitters to get the save.