PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA-- The Cannons (26-15) were fresh off a win at Woodstock and looked to clinch the North division with a win against New Market. That would be a tough task as the Cannons were 1-3 against the Rebels this season and have been outscored 35-12 as well. The Cannons were up to the task, and in a game that was a back and forth battle, the Cannons ended up winning 18-12 and clinching 1st Place in the North division.
On the mound for the Cannons was newcomer Brandyn Vogtsberger, who was making his first start and appearance with the Cannons, coming from the Ripken League. The last time the Cannons played the Rebels, New Market ran away with it early, winning by a final of 16-4 and scoring eight runs in the first inning. Today was different, as Vogtsberger only allowed two runs in the first. Austin Bogart got the start for the Rebels, and struggled in the first. After walking Gabriel Castillo and Trevin Esquerra to start the bottom of the first, Lamar Briggs sacrifice bunted them to second and third. Bogart then walked Shaggy Freeland to load the bases and Trey McDyre lined a two-RBI single to right field to tie the game at two. With Freeland on third and McDyre on first, Andrew Zban worked a walk and Onassis Matos also walked to bring in an RBI and make the game 3-2. With the bases loaded, Adam Whitacre grounded out but a run did score to make it 4-2. Then Andy Szamski hit a two-RBI double to right field to make the score 6-2.
New Market was able to get one run in the top of the second, but the Cannons answered with more of their own in the bottom of the second. The score was 6-3, Trevin Esquerra led off with a walk. Lamar Briggs would hit into a fielder’s choice and with one out, Freeland came to the plate. Briggs advanced on an error to second base, then Shaggy would hit an RBI single to score Briggs from second. Shaggy would advance to second on the attempt to throw Briggs out at the plate. McDyre came up again with the score 7-3 and with a runner on second. Trey delivered again, an RBI single to make the score 8-3, Cannons.
After shutting down the Rebels in the top of the third, the Cannons added one more in the bottom half. After a leadoff walk by Andy Szamski, he stole second. Derrick Sylve II got two straight outs, but Lamar Briggs delivered an RBI single to make the score 9-3 at the end of three innings.
Both teams were shut out in the fourth inning, but the Rebels struck for three in the fifth to make it 9-6. Tom Sutera came on in relief after Vogtsberger surrendered three straight hits. Sutera would give up one run that inning, but it would be charged to Vogtsberger. At the end of five, Cannons led 9-6. The Cannons answered the Rebels, with three of their own in the bottom of the sixth. After a leadoff double from Freeland, Andrew Zban hit an RBI single to score Freeland from second. Then Onassis Matos singled to put runners on first and second. Adam Whitacre singled to bring home Zban and the score 12-6, Cannons.
The Rebels did not quit, scoring three in the top of the seventh to make the game 12-9. Tom Sutera gave up his first homerun of the season, and it was a three-run homerun that hit off the top of the fence and went out. The Cannons bounced back with two of their own to make the score 14-9. Trevin doubled to left field to start the inning. With one out, Shaggy hit an RBI double to score Esquerra. Freeland would advance to third on a passed ball during McDyre’s at-bat. McDyre would eventually work a walk and Andrew Zban hit a fly ball to right field, which was dropped and that allowed Freeland to score and make it 14-9 at the end of seven innings.
The eighth went quietly for the Rebels as they couldn’t muster up any offense. The Cannons managed to get four more to make it 18-9. With one out, Szamski and Castillo hit back-to-back singles. The Cannons homerun machine, Trevin Esquerra came to the plate and served up a three-run bomb to put the Cannons up 17-9 and put the nail on the coffin of the Rebels. Lamar Briggs doubled and advanced on a wild pitch during the at-bat of Freeland. Freeland then grounded out, but Briggs would score the 18th and final run of the game for the Cannons.
New Market would add three in the bottom of the ninth but the score would end 18-12 and the Cannons clinched their first division title in Purcellville and in the Valley League. The Cannons used three pitchers, Brandyn Vogtsberger, Tom Sutera, and Ryne Huggins. Vogtsberger had a successful debut with four innings pitched, nine hits, six earned runs, one walk, and one strikeout. Sutera went three innings, gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), with one walk, and six strikeouts. Ryne Huggins finished off the game with two innings pitched, three hits, three eanred runs, and two strikeouts.
The Cannons (26-15) play their last game of the season on Thursday at Winchester (20-21) and are looking to complete the season sweep (6-0) against the Royals. This would be the second team the Cannons swept this season (Front Royal, 6-0).