Charles Town takes two from Royals; move 2 games over .500
With a Sunday sweep of Winchester at Sager Field, the Charles Town Cannons of the Valley Baseball League remained in second place in the summer circuit’s North Division. After downing the visiting Royals, 4-2 and 6-5 in two seven-inning games, the Cannons had an overall record of 22-20 with only two regular season games remaining.
[cleeng_content id="572236224" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Strasburg (18-20) was two games behind the Cannons, but had six games left. Front Royal (18-22) had four games to play and trailed the Cannons by three games. The Aldie Senators (17-21) were also three games behind Charles Town and had six games to play.
Woodstock had locked up the North Division regular season title with its 25-13 overall record and a five-game lead over the second-place Cannons.
In its 4-2 win over Winchester, the Cannons got two-hit pitching from winner Logan Boyd, who didn’t allow any earned runs and fanned seven. Clayton Payne got credit for the save.
Kraig Kelley went 2-for-2 and scored twice while Pat Ammar and Emmanuel Marrero each drove in a run.
The Cannons’ 6-5 win saw Matt Durst go 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Tyler Hibbert, Cody Hoffner, Spencer Rahm and Marrero all had two hits. L.K. Thompson drove in two runs. The Cannons snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth to make a winner of reliever Steven Burnham. Connor McClain picked up a save.
Last Saturday, Charles Town was held to five hits in a 3-2 road loss at Champe High School to Aldie. The Senators collected 11 hits off the combined pitching of David Rumsey (6.1 innings) and Connor McClain. Rumsey suffered the loss.
Durst had Charles Town’s only RBI, his 28th of the season.
Neither team scored in the last 5 1/2 innings.
Earlier in the week, the Cannons defeated Front Royal, 8-6, at Bing Crosby Stadium before an announced crowd of 700.
The Cannons overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit with a four-run second. Clayton Payne, in relief of starter Michael Estevez, went five innings, striking out five, and yielding only two earned runs, to get the win. McClain had a save.
Luke Stewart went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Charles Town offense. Marrero was 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Brent Williams scored two runs.
On Tuesday, the Cannons dropped a 5-2 decision to homestanding Winchester. Boyd was victmized by three Charles Town errors that caused three of the five runs scored off him to be unearned. Winchester erupted for four runs in the fourth to get the division win.
Kelley was 2-for-2 and scored twice. Winchester had a lineup without anybody batting over .286, but managed a combined 10 hits off Boyd and Steven Burnham (one inning).
The Cannons are scheduled to begin the VBL playoffs on Sunday, July 28, at 7 p.m. and will host the first game of a best two-of-three quarterfinal series if they finish second. A third- or fourth-place finish would have the Cannons on the road for the playoff opener.