WAYNESBORO, VIRGINIA-- The Waynesboro Generals pushed across four insurance runs in the late innings to break a 6-6 tie and defeat the Purcellville Cannons, 10-6, on Monday night at Kate Collins Field.
A safety squeeze bunt by Generals' shortstop Brent Sakurai to give Waynesboro a 7-6 lead off Cannons' reliever Andrew Green, who would be handed his first loss of the season.
Purcellville reliever Charlie Watters, making his first appearance on the mound, allowed three earned runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Kirk Sidwell and a bunt that scored the Generals' final two runs on a throwing error by Daniel Gooden.
Waynesboro opened up a 5-0 lead on Cannons' starter Zach Sloan in the first two innings, but Purcellville responded with three runs in the third and fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. DeAndre Amion doubled home the Cannons' first run of the game and finished the game with a team-high three hits and four trips on base.
Ray Hernandez capped off a 3-run fourth inning with a two-out RBI single to score Matt Reed and give Purcellville a 6-5 lead.
The one-run advantage was short-lived, however, as Waynesboro tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Charles Zaloumis scored on an 8-5 fielder's choice by third baseman Trey Stine.
Zach Neff got the win for the Generals, shuting out the Cannons in the final three innings.
Purcellville fared well at the top of their order on Monday with Amion, Hernadez and second baseman Eriq White combining for seven hits in 14 at-bats and three RBI.
The Cannons could not extend their winning streak to three games and dropped to 3-6 on the season with the loss to the Generals. They will return home to face the Strasburg Express on Tuesday night at Fireman's Field (7 pm).
Purcellville is 0-2 against the defending VBL-champion Express so far this season-- losing 12-3 at home on June 7th and 7-6 at First Bank Park in Strasburg on June 9th.
Brandon Caples is expected to start for the Cannons. In his debut with the team last Wednesday, the Alabama State-product tossed a team-best eight innings and allowed three earned runs in a 5-run loss to Harrisonburg.
Michael Silva is the probable for the Express. He tossed five innings of two-run baseball against the Cannons last Thursday, earning his first win of the season.