Strasburg blanks Cannons

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — The Charles Town Cannons struggled to hit over the previous two games heading into Thursday night’s matchup against the Strasburg Express at Sager Field.

The hitting woes continued for Charles Town as the Cannons were blanked 5-0.

“Offensively, we had no production,” Charles Town manager Brett Fuller said. “We had only about four hits all night, and having that few of hits does not win you games in the Valley League. We need some of our bats to come alive, and that has to start [Friday] against Aldie.”

Following a scoreless first inning, Charles Town starter Brandon Caples ran into a bit of trouble in the second, allowing his only runs of a seven-inning outing.

“Brandon Caples gave us a strong outing. I didn’t expect seven out of him as I thought he would get me through five,” Fuller said. “He had a couple bad pitches on 0-2 counts, and we paid the price for those.”

After giving up an opening walk to Jeffrey Scott to start the top of the second, a single by Jeremy Musser moved Scott to third. The first run came around to score on a RBI single by Danny Rafferty. Musser came home on a single by Donovan May to give the Express a 2-0 lead.

Through the first seven innings, the Cannons hadn’t committed an error, but in the top of the eighth, a pair of miscues set up a pair of Express runs.

An error that put Daniel Midyett on base and a single by Drew Johnson put the runners in scoring position for Strasburg. The bases were cleared on a two-RBI single to center field to make the score 4-0.

Another insurance run for the Express came in the top of the ninth on an infield single by May that plated Rafferty, who was hit by a pitch to reach base, to round out the scoring.