The Purcellville Cannons (5-13) traveled to Harrisonburg (9-6) to play the Turks in a doubleheader. In Game 1, pitching on both sides was dominant. Through four innings, the Cannons struck out a total of nine times. Joe Vogatsky (James Madison U) started on the mound. He pitched once again, outstanding. Vogastsky pitched six shutout innings while striking out 10. Tonight's start was by far his best performance of the season. It stayed scoreless in Harrisonburg till the top of the 7th. To begin the 7th, Christian Collier (Tenn Tech) hit a double down the left-field line to put a runner in scoring position. The Cannons scored on a Fielder’s Choice by Devin Goins (St Mary's U TX ) to put them up, 1-0. Brett Fuller brought in Matt Poston (Florence-Darlington Tech) for the save. He shut down the Turks quickly, and Purcellville won game 1, 1-0. Purcellville is now 6-13 on the season.
In Game 2, The Cannons stayed hot. The Cannons scored first in the 3rd with a 2-run homer by Houston King (Kentucky). Also, in the third, Geo Blanton (Marshall) hit an inside-the-park home run. Going into the bottom of the third, Purcellville was up 3-0. Just before the bottom half of the inning began, it began to downpour. Luckily, Harrisonburg plays on a turf field. After a 38-minute rain delay, play continued. John Lumpinski (Siena U) started on the mound for the Cannons in game 2. He pitched four shutout innings and only allowed one hit. Brett Fuller went to his bullpen, and Ethan Smock (Frontier CC) came into the game. Smock struggled after getting the first two out of the inning quickly. He let up two runs but kept the Purcellville 3-2 lead intact going into the 6th. Matt Poston (Florence-Darlington Tech) was called upon again, but this time, to get the last four outs of the game. Poston did just that as the Cannons held onto their 3-2 lead.
The Cannons return to action tomorrow night at Fireman's field to play the Woodstock River Bandits. The game time is 7 PM ET!
Written by Robert Marcello, Cannons Broadcast Intern
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