Charles Town 9, Aldie 7
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION (July 1) – Second baseman Chris Townsend had three hits and center fielder Justin “Hooty” Harris drove in a pair of runs as Charles Town scored six times in the bottom of the eighth to defeat visiting Aldie at home.
The Senators led 5-3 through seven and a half, but the Cannons exploded for five of their 11 total hits in the eighth to take the lead for good after a seesaw game saw both teams take and then lose the lead.
Charles Town reliever Clayton Payne earned the victory for the Cannons (14-11), throwing 1.2 innings and allowing four earned runs but benefiting from a strong offensive showing.
Charles Town led off the eighth with a single from Townsend and a double from right fielder Andrew Yacyk. Then left fielder Billy Endris scored Townsend on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field for the first run of the inning.
Harris had a two-run homer to score Yacyk on the next at-bat. Then shortstop Stephen Kerr hit a single, and first baseman Charlie Pal advanced to first the next at-bat on a catcher obstruction call.
Next, designated hitter Matt Gandy drew a walk in an eight-pitch at-bat, where runners advanced on two wild pitches (including Kerr scoring on the second).
Pal scored on an error by the first baseman on the next at-bat, and Charles Town scored its final run on a single from catcher Greg Brodzinski to score Gandy.
Closer Bryan DiRosario earned the save after pitching the final out in the top of the ninth.
Starter Michael Scimanico struck out seven batters and surrendered two earned runs on four hits through four innings pitched.
Relievers Jacob Waters and Blake Winfrey combined for three innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks.
– From staff reports