A 3-run, bases-clearing double by Front Royal center fielder Yamil Pagan pushed the Cardinals out to a 4-0 lead, a margin they would go on to win by, 6-2, over the Purcellville Cannons on Sunday night at Fireman’s Field.
Pagan’s big knock was followed by a run-scoring single by short stop Michael Hartnagel to push the Front Royal lead to 5-0, ending the night of Purcellville starter Wade Arduini, who was handed his first loss of the season, allowing five earned runs over four innigns of work.
The Cannons’ offense was stagnant for most of the night, collecting just four hits, two of which by left fielder Tommy Ziegen. The Suny Old Westbury-product played long ball in the fifth inning to put the Cannons on the board.
The other RBI on the night for Purcellville was courtesy of first baseman PJ Harris, who scored Andrew Zban with a 3U ground out in the sixth to cut the Front Royal lead to three.
Front Royal DH Zac Wiley concluded the game’s scoring with an RBI groundout of his own, scoring Pagan with a 6-3 put out in the seventh inning off Carter Bair.
That run was lone marked charged to the Cannons’ bullpen on Sunday. The trio of Bair, Mike Tang and Billy Cox combined for five innings of one-run ball.
Cardinals’ starter Stephen Xirinachs improved to 3-1 on the season and dropped his ERA to 1.98 with six strong innings against the Cannons.
Sage Bruhl drew his VBL-best 14th walk of the season and third baseman Ray Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a base hit in the first inning.
Purcellville will now take to the road in an attempt to end their current skid. The team will travel to Covington for a contest that was orginally scheduled for June 5. The matchup with the Lumberjacks will be followed by a trip to Harrisonburg on Tuesday.
Zach Sloan gets the start against Covington. In two starts this season, Sloan has a pair of no-decisions and a 2.00 ERA.