Express hold off rally to improve to 5-1
STRASBURG — The Strasburg Express has picked up right where it left off last season.
The defending Valley Baseball League champions moved to 5-1 on Thursday with a 7-6 victory over Purcellville.
The Express took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Bradley Dixon and a groundout RBI by Erick Delgaldo.
The Cannons tied the game in the top of the third on a fielder’s choice and a Strasburg error.
The Express took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Strasburg’s Michael Curry doubled after Dylan Ingram was hit by a pitch. Dixon followed with a two-run single to put the Express up 4-2.
The Express added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Strasburg’s Carter Pharis singled and Ingram followed with an RBI double for a 7-3 lead.
Strasburg starting pitcher Jared Silva struggled with his command in the first inning, but settled down and pitched five solid innings to get the win. Silva struck out four.
The Express appeared to have the game in control, but the Cannons made a fierce rally in the top of the ninth.
Purcellville’s Jarrrett Clymer drew a lead-off walk and Deaires Moses followed with an infield single. Strasburg reliever Rhett Harper then struck out back-to-back batters to move the Express within one out of a victory.
Purcellville’s Joe Champi cut the lead to 7-3 on a two-run double. Ray Hernandez then drew a walk from Harper and Onassis Moses followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-6.
Strasburg associate head coach Butch Barnes then brought in reliever Abe Almonte, who struck out Tommy Ziegen to end the game.
There were a combined nine errors in the game. The Express pounded out 10 hits.
The Cannons were led by Moses with three hits. Strasburg’s Tyler Halas, Pharis and Dixon each had two hits for the Express.
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