SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — In its quickly-played Valley Baseball League game last Wednesday, the Charles Town Cannons were able to execute five double plays behind the effective pitching of Jake Johnson.
[cleeng_content id="318781351" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]However, there was another fact that outweighed the way the Cannons constantly escaped trouble behind Johnson.
Charles Town had only four base runners against Front Royal left-hander Dalton Potts. Four baserunners in nine innings and none of them scored as the Cardinals rode the shutout pitching of the strike-throwing hurler from the Tennessee Martin to a 2-0 win.
Charles Town’s Johnson gave up only one run in his eight innings. But that run was enough for Potts, who had a perfect game through four innings and finished his whitewashing of the Cannons with a three-hitter.
Potts fanned six and only had one inning where he saw more than one runner on base against him. Rarely was anything hit with any force against him with Charles Town managing only two line-drive outs to Front Royal outfielders.
Potts and Johnson were so dominant that the first 5 1/2 innings were played in 55 minutes and the pitcher’s duel was completed in just one hour and 40 minutes.
Front Royal’s only run against Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the fifth. The Cardinals got a run against left-hander Ryan Morse in the ninth.
After getting rained out on Sunday, June 2, the Cannons had the rare Valley League opportunity to play their first four games of the season at home.
They were able to win only one time. In the aftermath of the punchless loss to the Cardinals, Charles Town was scheduled to play five of its next six games on the road, including a makeup of the June 2 rainout at Winchester.
Five double plays. And still lose. Managing only four baserunners in nine innings will do that to any team.[/cleeng_content]