COVINGTON, VIRGINIA-- The Purcellville Cannons' road woes continued on Monday night, falling to the Covington Lumberjacks, 5-1, at Casey Field. Purcellville drops to 1-6 on the season away from Fireman's Field.
The majority of the Lumberjacks' damage came courtesy of the bottom of the order. Brandon Vicens, Orley Arellano and Shane Castro combined for six hits and all five of Covington's RBI on the night. Arellano and Castro opened up the game's scoring with back-to-back RBI hits in the second inning to put the Lumberjacks up 2-0.
Covington added 3 unearned runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead off Cannons' starter Zach Sloan. After an error by shortstop Raul Cabrera, Vicens doubled home Bruce Strickland and Juan Given, then came around to score one batter later on a second RBI single by Arellano.
That spelled the end of the night for Sloan, who entered the game with a 2.00 ERA. The Buffalo, New York native was charged with five runs (two earned) over three innings for his first loss of the season.
RHP Tyler Yancey finished the game on the mound for Purcellville, yielding just one hit over the last five shutout frames.
Andrew Stout once again churned out a great start on the mound for Covington. The Southeastern Community College product allowed just two hits over five shutout innings, improving his 2016 record to 2-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.20.
The Cannons tallied their lone run of the game in the seventh inning. Third baseman Sage Bruhl had two hits on the night and raced home on a passed ball tp put Purcellville on the board.
2-way pitcher/infielder Wade Arduini made his first start of the season in the field, collecting a pair of singles in 4 at-bats.
Designated hitter Ray Hernandez singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Purcellville sits at 4-11 on the season and in the cellar of the VBL North. They will turn to Brandon Caples to end their current skid when he takes the mound against the Harrisonburg Turks on Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Park.
Caples is 1-1 on the season with a 1.68 ERA, tossing eight innings in a win over Strasburg in his last outing-- the lone Cannons' starter with a win this season.
Caples' first start of 2016 came against Harrisonburg on June 8th. He allowed three earned runs over 8 innings but was handed a loss in a 6-1 decision.
Donte Lindsay goes for the Turks. A product of Bethune-Cookman College, Lindsay threw five shutout innings against Winchester on June 13th in his lone appearance of the summer.