Cannons rout New Market
NEW MARKET — Three was a lucky number for Charles Town on Tuesday night.
The Cannons used three consecutive three-run innings to pull out an 11-5 Valley Baseball League victory over New Market at Rebel Park. Charles Town had 20 hits in the win.
New Market stranded 14 base runners in nine innings.
“Sometimes hits don’t fall,” New Market manager George Schaefer said. “Hopefully tomorrow night we get those to fall.”
The Rebels struck first in the bottom of the first. Nate Blanchard led off with a single against Charles Town starter Stephen Soloman, who went eight innings for the Cannons. He stole second, and Weston Clark followed with a single. A sacrifice fly by Thatcher Coleman gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
The Cannons responded with three in the top of the second, the first of three three-run innings. New Market starting pitcher Mickey Terzi walked two batters and a single by Austin Bream loaded the bases with one out.
Millbrook graduate Jacob Jaye singled to tie the game. However, the Rebels were able to get a second out when center fielder Storm Edwards threw a perfect strike to home plate to throw out Charles Town’s Sam Fragle. Two batters later, a two-run single from Bradley Jones gave the Cannons a 3-1 edge.
The Rebels were able to cut the lead to a run in the bottom of the second. Lorenzo Wright started the inning with an infield single. He stole second and with two outs scored on an RBI single by P.J. Demeo to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Cannons answered with back-to-back three run innings. In the top of the third, Bryson Bowman reached second on a single and an error. Terzi walked two batters to load the bases. Jaye’s two-run single stretched the lead to 5-2.
Christian Khawam followed with an RBI single for a 6-2 lead.
New Market turned to its bullpen in the top of the fourth, but with more of the same results. New Market reliever Trace Hagler went one inning, giving up four hits, including a two-run double by Bream.
The Cannons scored two more runs in the top of the fifth on RBI singles by Riley McCown and Bowman.
The Rebels (11-17) were able to add a run in the bottom of the seventh and two in the ninth mostly using bench players.
“They were excited to swing it,” Schaefer said. “I love the aggressiveness late in the game.”
Charles Town (10-16) was led at the plate by Khawam with four hits. The Rebels were led offensively by Wright with four hits.
The Rebels have lost seven of their last eight games.
“We have to keep battling,” Schaefer said. “Tomorrow’s a new day. …You have to have amnesia. Beauty of this game is you’ve got to come out ready to win tomorrow.”
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