PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA—Finally, after 2 weeks, the Cannons played at Fireman’s Field and they really took advantage of their homecoming, notching their 20th win of the season. Andy Crum pitched another gem, notching his third win of the season and continuing his quality start streak, which is now at five starts.
Trevin Esquerra continued his hot hitting with a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the first and that really set the tone early. The Cannons spread out their runs throughout the game, but the game got away from Staunton pretty quickly and with Andy Crum on the mound, things were looking very promising for Purcellville. Andy Crum would go six innings and shutout the Braves, only surrendering three hits and three walks, but striking out seven hitters.
Gabe Castillo doubled home Raul Cabrera in the second, after Cabrera led off the inning with a single. From then on, the Cannons put the pedal to the metal and didn’t look back. After a scoreless third inning, Payton Marshall led off the fourth with a double and Raul Cabrera hit an RBI single to increase the lead 4-0.
Staunton starting pitcher, Derek Duffy left in the fifth after managing to get only one out. After walking Trevin Esquerra, Duffy was lifted for righty Dean Stramara. Shaggy Freeland reached on a fielder’s choice, and with two outs Andrew Zban singled to keep the inning going and put runners on first and second with two outs. Then Trey McDyre hit a sharp grounder to the shortstop that squeaked under his glove and went out to center field. Freeland was able to score to make the game 5-0 for the Cannons.
In the bottom of the sixth, the game completely got away from Staunton as the Cannons batted around their lineup and exploded for eight runs. Beau Guilbeaux started the inning off with a walk and Nolan Ritchie singled to put runners on first and second. Then with one out, Trevin Esquerra singled to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Shaggy Freeland continued his hot hitting from Wednesday at Strasburg, with a 2-RBI single. Trevin Esquerra was able to make it to third, with one and runners at the corners, Andrew Zban drew a walk to load up the bases. The Braves went to the bullpen and called on righty Corley Woods. Trey McDyre continued to move the train as he hit a 2-RBI single off of Woods, to make the game 9-0 in favor of the Cannons. Woods was able to get Marshall to fly out, but the Cannons weren’t quite ready to end the inning. With two outs and runners at the corners, Raul Cabrera came to the plate. During Cabrera’s at-bat, Zban stole third and made it without a throw, a wild pitch followed and that allowed McDyre to advance to second to put runners on second and third. Cabrera then hit a ground ball to the third baseman, Richard Miller, who threw the ball away, allowing Zban and McDyre to score and Cabrera to reach second. For the second time that inning, Beau Guilbeaux hit, and this time he launched monster 2-run homerun to make the score 13-0.
Andy Crum’s day finished after six innings, but the bullpen didn’t disappoint, taking a shutout to the ninth inning. Trey Alderman and Colin Reid pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings. The Cannons would add two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Langston Watkins, who came in for Payton Marshall in the top of the eighth, drew a leadoff walk. With one out, Beau Guilbeaux also walked to put runners on first and second. Nolan Ritchie reached on an error to load the bases and Andy Szamski, who entered in the top of the eighth, hit into a fielder’s choice to score Watkins from third. Onassis Matos then doubled and Guilbeaux scored. After eight full innings, the Cannons led 15-0.
The Braves were set to face Sal Lovaglio in the top of the ninth. The Braves were down 15-0, but that didn’t seem to faze them as they struck for seven runs in the ninth. Zach Burch would enter the game for Lovaglio with the bases loaded after three runs crossed the plate. Four more would cross, all would be charged to Lovaglio, but the Cannons would still get the eight-run win by a score of 15-7.
The Cannons continue their homestand on Friday against Woodstock at 7PM with gates opening at 5:30.