The Purcellville Cannons fell to 1-4 on the road this season after a 7-run loss to the New Market Rebels on Wednesday night, 13-6.
The Cannons scored all of their runs in their final four trips to the plate, but couldn’t overcome the 17-hit offensive barrage put on by New Market at Rebels Park.
Purcellville starter Pat Doudican once again fell victim to unearned runs via poor defensive play. New Market tallied four runs off the 18-year-old left-hander in the second inning following an error by Eriq White. Overall, Doudican allowed five runs (all unearned) over four innings of work and was handed his third loss of the season, while his ERA did fall to 4.77.
Leading the Rebels’ offensive was catcher John Cable. The Rosewell, Georgia-native launched his first homer of the season in the fifth inning off Cannons’ reliever Carter Bair to push the Rebels’ lead to 6-0. Cable then helped New Market put the game out of reach with a 2-run double off Michael Tang in a 4-run 7th inning to make it a 12-2 ball game.
Purcellville’s bullpen was well-rested after starter Brandon Caples pitched eight innings in a win over Strasburg on Tuesday, but was hit hard by the Rebels’ offense, who has now scored 26 runs over the last two games. Overall, three Purcellville relievers surrendered eight runs over four innings.
Rebels’ third baseman Daulton Weeks put the final nail in the coffin with his league-leading fourth home run of the season off Billy Cox in the ninth to put New Market up, 13-3.
Opposing third baseman Ray Hernandez (Alabama St.) played long ball on Wednesday, too, parking a 3-run shot in the ninth inning to close the game’s scoring. Hernandez led Alabama State last season with 16 long balls and 62 RBI.
Sage Bruhl, Raul Cabrera and Matt Reed also tallied RBIs on the night for the Cannons.
Fellow Alabama State-product Terrell McCall recorded his first win of the season, allowing just one unearned run and three hits while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings.
Luckily for the Cannons, they will return home to Fireman’s Field the next two days, a venue they are 3-3 at so far in 2016. On Thursday, they play host to Charlottesville, a team that defeated the Cannons 5-0 on June 4th. The Tom Sox come into Thursday’s matchup riding a 4-game losing streak.