Cannons roll over Express in opener

Payne impresses in 7-inning effort

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — After a troubled first inning, pitcher Chris Payne settled in and held visiting Strasburg scoreless over the next six innings as the Charles Town Cannons successfully opened their Valley Baseball League schedule with a 7-1 win over the Express.

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Charles Town’s Chris Payne received credit for the win in the Cannons’ 7-1 victory over Strasburg.

Charles Town’s Chris Payne received credit for the win in the Cannons’ 7-1
victory over Strasburg.

Last Friday’s home opener at Sager Field also featured three RBIs from Waldyvan Estrada and two RBIs from Ty Michelotti of the Cannons that were enough offense to back the five-hit, eight-strikeout pitching of Payne. Payne allowed only a first-inning run while walking two in his seven innings of work.

The Cannons took the lead with a three-run fourth inning and quickly followed that with another three-run outburst in the fifth.

Strasburg scored only in the first when Payne hit the game’s first batter (Jordan Tasovich) and then walked the second man (Tre Porter) he faced. Kyle Bynum eventually drove in Tasovich.

Charles Town made the most of its seven hits and four walks it gleaned off Strasburg pitching. The only player on either team with two hits was Charles Town shortstop Hayden Cronenbold with his two singles.

After not scoring for three turns and still trailing by a run, the Cannons scored their first runs of the season when they took a 3-1 lead with a three-run fourth inning. Payne had a 6-1 lead to protect when Charles Town had another three-run uprising in the fifth.

Steven Burnham pitched a scoreless eighth and David Rumsey authored a scoreless ninth as the Cannons closed out the win on Opening Night.

On Sunday, the Cannons scheduled game in Winchester was rained out. That game is now scheduled to be played on Monday in Winchester, Va., at Bridgeforth Field at 7 p.m.

After its third straight home game last night, the Cannons are scheduled to face Front Royal at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Sager Field.

The rest of the week’s schedule finds the Cannons at Strasburg on Thursday, at Aldie on Friday, at home against Winchester on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Woodstock on Sunday, at Winchester in a make-up game on Monday and at Front Royal on Tuesday.

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