DiAndre Amion lined a single into left field to score DeAires Moses in the ninth inning on Friday night at Bing Crosby Stadium to help the Purcellville Cannons beat the Front Royal Cardinals, 5-4, and end a four-game losing streak.
One inning earlier, Raul Cabrera launched the Cannons’ first home run of the season to take a 4-3 advantage, but the Cardinals were able to tie the game in the bottom of the frame on a wild pitch thrown by Purcellville reliever Will Reed, a run that was charged to Tyler Yancey, who tossed three innings after starter Alex London lasted four innings on the hill.
Purcellville pushed across three unearned runs off Cardinals’ starter Kristopher Van Camp in the second inning on a 2-run double by catcher Matt Reed and an RBI single by second baseman Eriq White.
Front Royal responded, though, with three runs (two earned) off London to tie the game after four innings. In two starts this season, London has a 3.00 ERA (three earned over nine innings) and has started on the hill for each of the Cannons’ win this season.
Purcellville native Will Reed once again was able to close out a victory for his hometown VBL-representative, striking out Michael Centeno and getting Martin Napelton to ground out with runners on the corners in the ninth to nail down the Cannons’ second win of the season, pushing his record to 2-0.
After avenging their previous 12-4 opening-day loss at Front Royal, Purcellville now sits at 2-5 and will return home on Sunday when they host the Winchester Royals.
The Cannons will be without leading hitter DeAires Moses for the remainder of the season. The Volunteer State Community College-proudct was drafted in the 19th round of the MLB draft by the Seatle Mariners on Saturday.