The Cannons are Going Streaking!
By, Matt Davis
PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA—The Cannons (21-10) checked a lot of items off their season to-do list tonight. They got their first win of the season against Woodstock (11-19), have a season high 6-game winning streak, and won their 21st game of the season. It was a tough battle throughout the game, but the Cannons managed to hang on to a 7-6 victory.
Sean Gabel started on the mound for the Cannons and pitched a scoreless, and hitless first inning. The Cannons came up looking to continue their hot bats from last night, after a 15-7 victory over Staunton. After the first two hitters were retired, Shaggy Freeland came up and launched his third homerun of the season taking advantage of the short fence in right field to give the Cannons a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, after a one out single from Wyatt Belinda, Austin Adams reached on an error by Cannons third baseman Trey McDyre. Then Grant Hoover hit an RBI single to tie the game up at one. Gabel would bounce back to get the next two outs and keep the game tied.
The Cannons went down in order in the bottom of the second. However, in the top of the third the River Bandits increased their lead 3-1 on a two-RBI double from Austin Adams. This game went back and forth for all nine innings. Neither team could gain complete control. In the bottom of the third, Gabe Castillo singled and then with one out, Onassis Matos singled to put runners on first and second. Andrew Zban drew a walk and with the bases loaded, McDyre continued his hot hitting with a two-RBI single to right field to tie the game at three.
However, in the top of the fourth, Danton Hyman put the River Bandits ahead with a two-run homerun down the right field line to make the score 5-3. In the Cannons’ half of the fourth inning, Freeland brought the game a little closer with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth. Over the past three games, Shaggy has caught fire with six RBIs against Strasburg, two against Staunton and two more tonight against Woodstock. The score at the end of four innings was 5-4.
Amiel Abreu, relieved Gabel in the fifth inning and made his debut for the Cannons. The 6’7” righty from Sunrise, Florida pitched a brilliant three innings, only surrendering three hits, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout. That earned run came after a walk and then two straight singles to load the bases with one out. Abreu bounced back to strikeout Troy Merrian, and with two outs and bases loaded, Abreu gave up an RBI single to Christian Jordan. The score after the top of the fifth was 6-4, River Bandits. McDyre doubled in the bottom of the fifth with one out and advanced to third on a ground out by Payton Marshall. McDyre would score during the at-bat of Raul Cabrera when reliever Lucas DeSantis threw a wild pitch to make the score 6-5 River Bandits.
After the fifth inning, the River Bandits wouldn’t score another run, but the Cannons had some magic in them to get the tying run across the plate in the sixth. Castillo would double and then score on an RBI double from Freeland two batters later to tie the game at 6.
The Cannons would add one more run in the seventh after Raul Cabrera and Beau Guilbeaux worked two out walks. Nolan Ritchie then singled to right field to bring in Cabrera and give the Cannons a 7-6 lead.
The Cannons would hold on to win and use four pitchers to get the W. Sean Gabel started out the game, going four innings, giving up six hits, five earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Amiel Abreu made his debut only throwing one inning, giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk, and one strikeout. Hunter Peck came in to pitch the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. He finished with three innings pitched, no hits, or runs allowed, but had two walks, and five strikeouts. Parker Dyson came in and got the save, pitching one inning, no hits or runs allowed, walking one and striking out one.
What’s Next for the Cannons?
The Cannons are on the road Saturday at Front Royal and don’t return to Fireman’s Field until Tuesday, July 18th with gates opening at 5:30 and a 7 PM start time.