Four Cannons Make All-Star Roster; Two Make Collegiate Showcase

Four Purcellville Cannons—and head coach Brett Fuller—will be at the 2017 Valley League All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Cannons will be playing for the Valley League Baseball North Division, alongside players from Front Royal, New Market, Strasburg, Winchester and Woodstock. Purcellville is sending right-handed pitchers Thomas Sutera and Dalton Whitaker, first baseman Trevin Esquerra, and outfielder Sheldon Reed.

The Cannons are 16-10, leading the division, one a half games ahead of Front Royal.

That put Cannons Fuller at the helm for Saturday’s game—each all-star team’s coach came from the highest team in the standings in their division.

The all-star game will be played at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park. The North Division will face off against players from Charlottesville, Covington, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro on the South Division team.

The evening will also feature the second class of the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Wayne Comer, John Kruk, Claude “C.C.” Michael, Sam Perlozzo, Earl Shirkey, Marion “Bo” Trumbo and Maynard “Mo” Weber.

The Valley League will also be taking a traveling all-star team made up of some of the league’s top-rated prospects to the Southern Collegiate Showcase in Kannapolis, NC, on July 15-16.

Fuller will also be on the coaching staff for that team, which play against teams from the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt League and Florida Collegiate Summer League in a weekend event that will allow both fans and scouts to see some of the best baseball talent in the Southeast.

While the regular Valley League All-Star Game guarantees at least one pitching and positional selection for every team and weighs that summer’s stats more heavily, for the showcase the league sought to pick the best possible roster to both compete for wins and highlight the VBL’s future professional prospects for the many scouts expected to be in attendance. That squad includes two Cannons: Suterra and Esquerra.

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