Cannon fire none too distant

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — In just 10 days now the first-year Charles Town Cannons of the historic Valley Baseball League will be opening their season with a home game at Jefferson High’s Sager Field. May 31 is the date.

[cleeng_content id="241324471" description="Read it now!" price="0.15" t="article"]Charles Town, which played as the Luray Wranglers for many years before the franchise was moved after the 2012 season to Jefferson County, will play host to the Strasburg Express in its season opener.

The Cannons’ roster shows all college players, all of them with remaining eligibility at the respective schools.

The season opener is only the first of 44 games that comprise the Valley League’s regular season. The campaign carries until July 24 and is followed by a short playoff season where the league champion is determined.

There are 12 teams in the league. The North Division has Charles Town, Strasburg, Aldie, Woodstock, Front Royal and Winchester.

On opening night at Sager Field, the gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game.

Events leading to the first game include Cannons players being at Applebee’s in Charles Town from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Spirit Night/Meet the Cannons Night on Tuesday as well as another Meet the Cannons event at Applebee’s from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and at the Chick-fil-A in Ranson from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 29.

A third Meet the Cannons night will take place May 30 at Applebee’s from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and at Glory Days in Ranson from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission price is $2 for children under 12, $3 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for adults.

The Cannons are still looking for volunteers from the community to help at the gate, at the concession stand, with 50/50 raffles.

Also needed by the team are individuals, local organizations and churches to donate food for the players for each of the 22 home games.

One of the team’s needs that has not been fully met at this time is for host families for the players. The players live with host families for the two-month season.

If anyone is interested in becoming a host family, they could receive information by contacting Stacy Locke at 703-220-1703 or by email at: ctcannons@aol.com. The team’s general manager, Steve Sabins, says: “Without host families, summer baseball and the unique opportunities it provides young people is not possible. Becoming a host family is becoming part of the team. The Charles Town Cannons envision a team that is built on a strong host family foundation. Please consider hosting a player.”

The Cannons are at home again June 1, at the same 7 p.m. start time for a game against Aldie, another transplanted franchise that played in Haymarket last season.

The Valley League summer season begins in 10 days.[/cleeng_content]

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