Cannons Infielder Trevin Esquerra was a bright spot on Thursday. Trevin went 3-4 in the loss and drove in One. Photo by Matt Gusmerotti.
NEW MARKET, VIRGINA—The Cannons were looking to get back in the win column with a win at New Market. They won their last meeting, which was the first game of the season, 1-0 on a Sheldon Reed homerun in the top of the ninth. They were looking for that same late-game magic today.
To start the first, the Cannons would go down in order. New Market came to bat and scored a run after back-to-back two out hits, a double to start and then an RBI single. The first inning would end with New Market up 1-0.
Trevin Esquerra would lead off the second with a single, but nothing would come of it as the Cannons were retired in order after the leadoff single. After a one-out single, the runner would move up to second on a passed ball. A walk would put runners on first and second, the runner at second would attempt to steal third, and he would end up scoring on the throwing error by Onassis Matos. The second inning would end with the Rebels leading the Cannons 2-0.
The third inning is where things got dicey for the Cannons. They would go 1, 2, 3 in the top half of the third, but sloppy play would hurt the Cannons as they committed one fielding error and a wild pitch. One more run would score, but luckily the Cannons were able to work out of a bases loaded jam to only be trailing 3-0 at the end of 3 complete innings.
The fourth looked like things may turn around for the Cannons, Andrew Zban led off by getting beaned. He would steal second and third. Sheldon Reed would strike out, but Trevin Esquerra picked up Zban and brought him in from third. Esquerra hit a bullet down the left field line, but was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple. The game looked to be turning on its head, as the Cannons managed to shutout the Rebels in the fourth, allowing only one baserunner via the walk. The fourth frame would end, Rebels- 3 and the Cannons- 1.
Just as the game looked to be swinging in the Cannons favor, they were retired in order in the fifth and the Rebels got two in their half of the fifth. Alec Aleywine singled to start off the bottom of the fifth, and then advanced on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Connor Corbitt singled and brought home Aleywine and increased the lead 4-1. Corbitt stole second and then the Cannons got back-to-back popouts to second baseman Raul Cabrera. With two outs, shortstop Nick Barber singled and brought home Corbitt from second. The fifth inning would end, Rebels- 5 and the Cannons- 1.
The sixth would go quickly for both teams as neither the Cannons or the Rebels managed to put up runs. In the seventh, Sheldon Reed reached on an error to lead off the inning. Trevin Esquerra singled and Raul Cabrera would also reach on an error. With one out, Trey McDyre popped out to the first baseman who caught the ball in shallow right field, Reed would tag from third and score the Cannons second run, which would be their last run of the game. The Rebels would put up two in the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Cannons managed to get the first out quickly. Hunter Lipscomb would double with one out in the eight. Then left fielder Mitchell Painter would make an incredible diving catch in the left-center gap to save at least a double from occurring and the run from scoring. However, errors would continue to haunt the Cannons as they committed errors in back-to-back at-bats. With two outs, Alec Aleywine reached base on an error, and Hunter Lipscomb would score due to the error. Brain Goodwyn, who pinch hit for Connor Corbitt in the seventh reached on an error. Alex Raines would double with two outs and Goodwyn would score. The Rebels led the Cannons 10-2 heading in to the top of the ninth and that is how the score would end.
Purcellville now has their first losing streak of the season (2). Defense was a problem, as the Cannons committed 6 errors. The Cannons used three pitchers, Kyle Morton who pitched 2.2 innings, gave up 3 hits, 3 runs (2 earned). He also walked 4 and had 2 strikeouts. Trey Alderman came in for Morton and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs (both earned). Alderman in addition walked 1 and had 2 strikeouts. Zach Burch was the final pitcher for the Cannons. He pitched 3 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (only 1 earned). Burch also had 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
The Cannons are on the road again at Staunton on Friday. They look to right the ship and get back in the win column before returning home on Saturday.