By: Shelby Dermer (Cannons' broadcaster and beat writer)
STRASBURG, VIRGINIA-- The Purcellville Cannons dropped game one of the quarterfinals of the VBL playoffs to the defending VBL-champion Strasburg Express on Friday night at First Bank Park.
The Cannons allowed a season-high 16 runs in their first playoff game as a representative of Loudoun County, as the top-seeded Express rolled to a 10-run victory and the upper hand in the series.
Strasburg got on the board in the bottom of the second with home runs by Dylan Ingram and Jacob Tisevich to take a 3-0 lead. The Express added three more off All-star hurler Tyler Yancey in the next frame, too, coming on an RBI single by Brandon Quaranta and a sac fly by Ingram.
Yancey would get the loss, his first of the season, yielding five earned runs on six hits over three innings of work.
Quaranta would add to his big night with a pair of 2-run home runs in consecutive at bats in the sixth inning off Nicholas McIntyre and in the seventh off Colin Benner, finishing the night 3-4 with four runs scored, 5 RBI, two homers and a walk.
Strasburg's All-star starter Keegan James picked up the win, tossing six shutout innings.
The Cannons trailed 14-0 before finally getting on the board in the top of the 7th. David Salgueiro knocked in a run with a fielder's choice, then back-to-back RBI doubles by Raul Cabrera and Onassis Matos made it a 14-4 game.
After Quaranta's second long ball of the game in the bottom of the frame, Purcellville would add their final two runs in the 8th on an RBI double by Jarrett Clymer and a ground out by Eriq White.
Clymer was the lone Cannon with multiple hits, going 2-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a walk.
The Cannons now face elimination as game two is scheduled for Sunday night at 7 pm at Fireman's Field, a venue Purcellville was 9-1 at in the month of July, their lone loss coming against the Express on July 14th.
LHP Pat Doudican gets the ball for the Cannons in a do-or-die affair. Doudican was 2-4 in eight starts during the regular season, posting a 1-0 record and a 2.65 ERA in his final three outings, helping Purcellville nail down a playoff spot in the final week of the season.
In his lone appearance against Strasburg this season, Doudican allowed six runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings and got the loss back on June 9th in a 7-6 Express victory.
Express RHP Benjamin Dum brings an impressive regular-season resume into a start in game 2. In seven outings, Dum went 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA.