Cannons get four base runners in 8th inning, but still fall short
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — When it had two runners thrown out at the plate and managed to score only four runs, the Charles Town Cannons had failed to take advantage of the effective relief pitching of Talton Cherry.
Cherry came on to replace starter Steven Burnham after visiting Woodstock had scored two runs in the fifth inning.
After getting the last out in the fifth, Cherry pitched through three scoreless innings before finally being solved for Steve Karkenny’s ninth-inning, RBI double that provided the River Bandits with a 5-4 win.
The sparse crowd was treated to Cherry’s walk-free pitching that featured six strikeouts and kept the River Bandits to only four hits in 4.1 innings.
Scoring only four runs, Charles Town lost runners to plays at the plate in both its three-run fourth and the seventh where Tyler Hibbert was erased on Woodstock right fielder Kyri Washington’s throw. Hibbert attempted to score on pinch-hitter Pat Ammar’s single.
The Cannons overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs that were provided by RBI hits from Ty Michelotti and Matt Durst as well as hits from L.K. Thompson and Waldyvan Estrada.
Burnham couldn’t protect a one-run lead and fell back, 4-3, when the River Bandits collected four hits in the fifth and were cushioned by a walk and crucial throwing error.
The Cannons were gifted with four baserunners in the eighth.
A pair of Woodstock infield errors and a walk achieved only one run on Emmanuel Marrero’s RBI hit because the bases were left loaded.
Cherry’s shutout innings had been rewarded. The game was tied.
But then the River Bandits scored a run in the ninth. And the Cannons couldn’t answer in their last turn against Woodstock’s fifth pitcher, Armando Ruiz.
Charles Town’s 10 stranded baserunners had hurt but having the two men thrown out at the plate was even more lethal to the Cannons’ cause.