Cannons Try to Mount Late Comeback but Fall Short
By, Matt Davis
PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA—Final game of the first playoff series for the Cannons (26-16) and the Royals (21-21) but it didn’t end well for the Cannons as they tried to mount a late inning comeback, but the deficit was too high as they fell to the Royals, 9-4.
Colin Reid started on the mound for the Cannons, and down the late stretch of the season had very good starts for the Cannons. Today was no different, as he shut out the Royals through the first two innings. In the third inning, the Royals got one run and they didn’t trail after that.
Trent Rider started on the bump for the Royals and was dominant. He shut out the Cannons through the first four innings, but the lead he received was very comfortable. After the third inning, the Royals increased their lead with a big fourth inning. They knocked Colin Reid out of the game and put a four-spot on the scoreboard to make it 5-0. The Royals added one in the top of the fifth to make it 6-0. The Cannons managed to get one run back in the bottom of the fifth on a Trevin Esquerra double that scored Lamar Briggs from first to make the score 6-1.
That score would remain until the eighth inning and the Royals piled on more runs, a three-spot to make it 9-1. However, the Cannons tried to muster all the will they had left to get back into the game. In the bottom of the eighth, the Cannons scored two on a sac fly from Beaux Guilbeau with the bases loaded that scored Brodie Leftridge from third. Nolan Ritchie then came to the plate and singled to left field to score Andy Szamski from third to make the score 9-3 in favor of the Royals.
In the ninth, the Cannons got out of it quickly and tried to get to work to win the game, down six runs. Trevin Esquerra led off with a homerun and things were looking promising for the Cannons as the lead was down to five, 9-4. Unfortunately, after a couple of singles, the Royals found a way to retire the final two outs of the game and move on to face Strasburg in the second round of the playoffs.
The Cannons used four pitchers, Colin Reid, Parker Dyson, Brandyn Vogtsberger, and Ryne Huggins. Reid went 3.1 innings, gave up seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, but had seven strikeouts. Dyson pitched four innings, gave up four hits, three earned runs, one walk, and had three strikeouts. Vogtsberger went 0.2 innings, surrendered two hits, one earned run, and notched two strikeouts. Ryne Huggins, the final pitcher used for the Cannons, he threw one inning, gave up one hit, no earned runs, walks, or strikeouts.
The Cannons finished the season, including the playoffs with a 27-18 record. Their regular season record was 26-16 and they clinched the best record in the North division in their second season in Purcellville. As a franchise, they have reached the postseason four out of the last five years.