Cannons clinch playoff spot with win over Winchester

 PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA-- The Purcellville Cannons made their first season in Loudoun County a playoff-bound campaign with a 6-3 victory over the Winchester Royals on Monday night at Fireman's Field. 

The Cannons jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Marques Inman, then added three more runs in the third inning capped off by an RBI single by Tommy Ziegen, his first RBI since June 25th. 

Left-hander Zach Sloan was once again scratched due to elbow stiffness, moving Andrew Green into the starting role for the first time this season. 

Green would toss three scoreless innings and now has tossed 10 consecutive shutout frames. 

Winchester got on the board in the top of the fourth on a 2-run home run by catcher Kevin Fuller to make it a 4-2 game off Tyler Yancey, but Purcellville got back-to-back RBI knocks in the sixth inning by Raul Cabrera and Tyler Ratliff to push their lead back to four. 

With a 3-run cushion in the ninth inning, closer Will Reed continued to be lights out on the mound, striking out two batters in the top of the ninth to nail down his division-leading 7th save of the season and put the Cannons in the postsesaon. 

In his third game with the Cannons, Inman went 3-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

Riding a season-high 5-game winning streak, the Cannons (19-22) will take on the number-one seed Strasburg Express (29-12) in the first round of the VBL playoffs, starting on Thursday. 

Before heading to Strasburg on Thursday to begin the playoff series, the Cannons will end their regular-season slate with a trip to First Bank Park to battle the defending VBL-champion Express in a game with no playoff implications. 


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