Cannons use wins to move up in Division race
Last week’s 3-1 record in games the Charles Town Cannons managed to play in between thunderstorms and Saturday’s all-day rain boosted the team’s standing in the Valley League’s Northern Division.
In games through Sunday, June 28, the Cannons were 7-10 overall and in a tie for third place with Aldie, also 7-10 overall.
Strasburg continues to lead the Division with a 12-6 record and Front Royal was second with an 11-7 mark. Winchester and Woodstock trail in the Division race.
Staunton at 12-6 is tied for first place in the Southern Division with Harrisonburg, also 12-6.
The Cannons have made moves in their attempt to gain one of the eight spots in the postseason playoffs that lead to the league championship.
Charles Town traded Donte Lindsay to Woodstock and Erik Garcia to Harrisonburg and also placed both Weston Clemente and Aaron Collazo on the disabled list.
The league’s statistics have Ryan Phillips (11-for-31) batting .355, Christian Khawam (21-for-66) batting .318 and Bradley Jones (12-for-38) hitting .316.
Other Cannons’ batting averages include Gunnar Lambert (8-for-30) at .267, Bryson Bowman (17-for-64) at .266, Austin Bream (9-for-39) hitting .231, Sam Fragale (10-for-47) batting .213, Carlos Matamoros (9-for-47) slumping to .191, Peyton Maddox (8-for-42) at .190 and Jacob Jaye (6-for-39) skidding to .154.
Charles Town pitchers with enough innings to qualify for the league’s statistics are Stephen Solomon with a 0-2 record in 20 innings and a 0.90 ERA, Brandon Caples with a 0-2 record in 20.1 innings pitched and a 2.21 ERA and Steven Ridings with a 3-0 record with 27 innings pitched and a 2.33 ERA.
The Cannons play all their home games at Sager Field at 7 p.m.
The regular season ends during the last week of July when the eight-team playoffs begin.