Summertime baseball under the lights of Purcellville’s iconic Fireman’s Field ballpark gets started next week.
The Purcellville Cannons are returning for their second season in western Loudoun and hoping to pick up where they left off last July, riding a winning streak that landed a playoff berth.
While many of the Cannon’s players are still pursuing championships with their college teams, President and Head Coach Brett Fuller, his staff and the Cannon’s advisory board are making final preparations for the season. That includes everything from finalizing the roster—some players may be drafted by Major League teams before the season gets rolling—to finding host families for players and lining up the scores of volunteers who will help boost the visitor experience at the games.
The public will get the first view of the 2017 squad next Wednesday when the Cannons, who play in the Valley Baseball League, host the Ashburn-based Loudoun Riverdogs from the Cal Ripken League for a pre-season warm up. The May 31 exhibition game starts at 7 p.m. and is free.
The Cannons’ season formally kicks off Friday, June 2, with an away game against the New Market Rebels. The home opener is the next night against the Winchester Royals. Games at Fireman’s Field begin at 7 p.m.
The Cannons moved from Charles Town to Purcellville last year. The move proved popular as the team led the Valley Baseball League in attendance during the season—players and visitors alike are drawn to the stadium.
“Word has spread in the Valley League that this is a great place to play,” advisory board member Dennis Woods said. “It’s a baseball town.”
The team hopes to have 1,000 people in the stands for the June 3 opener.
There will be some familiar players on the field. Ace pitcher William Reed and third baseman Tyler Ratliff are returning. They’ll be joined by another Purcellville resident, Colin Reid, a standout pitcher at Woodgrove high school who is now a rising sophomore at Radford University.
They may be among the future big-leaguers who compete in the league. The National’s Daniel Murphy and Texas Ranger Adam Parks both played with the team during their college years. Last season, DeAries Moses was snagged from the Cannons’ roster when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.
In their second year in Purcellville, team leaders are hoping to provide an even better fan experience, with a variety of food options and more activities for children. Alcohol is not permitted at VBL games.
Tickets are $5 per game, with discounts for children and seniors.
The season wraps up July 27.
If you’re interested in serving as a host family for a player during the season or serving as a stadium volunteer on game nights, contact the team at 540-303-9673 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the team, the schedule and tickets go to purcellvillecannons.com.