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Win over Aldie leaves Cannons with a split

By Staff | Jun 15, 2015

A 9-1 win over visiting Aldie on Saturday night at Sager Field left the Charles Town Cannons with a split of their first two games of the 2015 Valley Baseball League schedule.

In its win over the Senators, Charles Town used the six-inning pitching of Steven Ridings to tame its divisional opponent. Ridings yielded seven hits, but didn’t allow any walks. He struck out four. The run he allowed was earned.

A five-run first inning gave Ridings all the run support he needed, and the Cannons also had a three-run fifth inning.

Ryan Phillips went 4-for-5 and had two RBIs while Austin Bream, Bryson Bowman, Chris Khawan and Carlos Matamoros all contributed two hits to the 14-hit Charles Town offense. Bowman drove in three runs.

The Cannons benefitted from four hit batters and stranded 12 runners.

In its season-opening loss last Friday at Sager Field, the Cannons dropped an 8-5 decision to the Strasburg Express. Strasburg trailed, 5-4, before erupting for four runs in the top of the eighth to get the victory.

Charles Town committed four errors. Dillon Drabble suffered the loss when the Express turned a one-run deficit into an 8-5 lead with their late-inning eruption.

Khawan went 2-for-3 and Bream drove in three runs for the Cannons.

The Cannons and the rest of the Valley Baseball League play regular season games from now until the end of July when the league’s championship playoffs begin.