NEW MARKET, VIRGINIA-- The New Market Rebels scored 7 times in the final three innings to overcome a 5-run deficit and defeat the visiting Purcellville Cannons, 11-10, on Saturday night at Rebels Park.
After letting a 9-4 lead slip through their fingers when the Rebels scored twice in the bottom of the eighth, left fielder Tommy Ziegen put the Cannons back on top, driving the first pitch of the ninth inning just inside the left field foul poul. His second home run of the year gave Purcellville a 10-9 lead.
Thanks to a 6-run third inning that featured RBIs from five different players, the Cannons raced out to an early 7-2 lead, then made it 9-4 in the 6th when Ziegen singled home Ray Hernandez with two outs. Ziegen was not in the lineup to start the night, but Andrew Zban (0-3, R) was injured when he fouled a ball off his foot in his fourth-inning at-bat. Before his exit, Zban did make an amazing leaping snag at the top of the left field wall with the bases loaded and two outs, which saved at least two runs from scoring and preserved the Cannons' lead.
After playing fundamentally-sound baseball for the last few games, errors once again reared their ugly head in another Cannons' loss. Purcellville committed 5 total, which led to a pair of unearned runs that proved to be the difference.
Rebels' shortstop Luke Manzo reached on an error by Raul Cabrera to start the game, then came around to score one batter later on an RBI double by Chase DeMars. New Market pushed across 2 runs in the first inning off Cannons' starter Alex London, who earned his third no-decision of the season, tossing 4 1/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits.
New Market started their rally in the 7th inning off reliever Carter Bair with RBI singles by Jason Costa, Brady Lloyd and Manzo to make it a 9-7 game. In first relieve after London, Bair was tagged with those three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings of work.
Purcellville tried to play add-on in the top of the 8th, but ultimately came up empty. Raul Cabrera doubled and stole third base, but Eriq White bounced out to third to end the frame and keep the Cannons' lead at two.
Coming off his best relieve appearance of the season (five shutout innings on June 20th @ Covington), reliever Tyler Yancey took the mound in the 8th and quickly got the first two outs on a double play. With nobody on, the Rebels' next three batters tallied a walk and back-to-back singles to make it a 9-8 game.
Closer Will Reed came on with 2-on in the frame, but promptly gave up a double to Luke Bolka that tied the game at 9. On the extra-base hit down the left field line, Nick Debo scored the tying run, but a good relay throw from Cabrera in shallow left field was able to nail Costa at the plate and keep the game tied.
On top of his outfield assist, Cabrera led the Cannons at the plate with three hits, one RBI and a run scored. Right fielder Ray Hernandez also threw out Costa earlier in the game, firing a strike from the warning track in right field to Cabrera at short to keep the Rebels' outfielder from extending his single into a double.
Hernandez went 2-5 in the loss with a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
With Reed coming back in the ninth with a one-run lead after Ziegen's long ball, New Market loaded the bases with nobody out on an error by Colton Lightner, a walk and an infield single.
A 4-pitch bases on balls to John Cable forced in the tying run, then Daniel Kerwin ended it one batter later with a line drive single that snuck in down the right field line.
Reed allowed two runs (one earned) and was handed his first loss, making his record 2-1 on the season.
For the second straight game, the Purcellville bullpen was hit hard, allowing six earned runs following London's fifth-inning exit. In back-to-back losses, Cannons' relievers have allowed 14 earned runs over just 4 2/3 innings.
Now riding a 7-game road losing streak, the Cannons will once again have a chance to snap that skid when they travel to Kate Collins Field on Sunday to take on the 12-5 Waynesboro Generals, the current leader of the VBL South.
After an off day from the field on Saturday, left-hander Wade Arduini gets the nod for the visiting Cannons. In two starts this season, Arduini is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. He was given a loss in last start on June 19th when he allowed five earned over four innings in a 6-2 loss to the Front Royal Cardinals.
He will be opposed by Generals' RHP Adam Tarver, who is still seeking his first win of the summer, sitting at 0-0 with a 9.32 ERA. Tarver allowed five earned over just 3 1/3 innings in his previous start against the Cannons on June 13th, a 10-6 Waynesboro victory.
The Cannons are 0-2 against Waynesboro so far this season.