Collegiate level baseball is coming to Purcellville beginning in the summer of 2016. The Charles Town Cannons of the Valley Baseball League are now the Purcellville Cannons and will play their home games at picturesque Fireman's Field.
The VBL is a not-for-profit NCAA and MLB-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league. The VBL season runs from early June to early August.
Team owner Brett Fuller is excited about the Cannons' new home.
"We know Loudoun County has always been very supportive of baseball in Purcellville," said Fuller, referencing the large crowds Fireman's Field has attracted for Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball tournaments. He describes Fireman's Field as "one of the most nostalgic fields in the country."
Fuller purchased the Luray Wranglers in 2012 with thoughts of relocating. After a final season in Luray, the organization moved to Charles Town - becoming the first non-Virginia team in the 118-year history of the VBL - and played three seasons at Jefferson High School's Sager Field.
When a three-year field lease with Charles Town expired after 2015, Fuller considered other options and received a favorable response from Purcellville Town Council about potentially playing at Fireman's Field.
The Cannons' move to Fireman's Field was approved Sept. 15 after Fuller and Steve Torpy of Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services worked through scheduling logistics for the highly-utilized complex.
The Purcellville Cannons will replace the Aldie Senators as Loudoun's lone entry in the VBL, which included 12 teams in 2015. The Senators exited the VBL after two seasons in Aldie and several seasons in Haymarket prior to that.
Looking ahead to 2016, the Cannons have received commitments from 13 college players so far. Fuller, who was the head baseball coach at Notre Dame Academy - now Middleburg Academy - for five years, will likely serve as head coach of the Cannons in 2016, as he's done in previous seasons.
"We are hoping to field a good team and be real competitive," Fuller said.
SOURCE: Leedburg Today