Oft-transplanted Cannons in last place
After five straight Valley Baseball League losses the Purcellville Cannons find themselves in last place in the North Division of the collegiate league.
The Cannons played in Charles Town last season and missed the eight-team playoffs in 2015.
With a record of 4-11 through games of June 20 Purcellville trailed fourth-place New Market with its 6-10 record and fifth-place Woodstock with its 5-10 record in the six-team North Division of the 11-team league. The top four teams following the completion of the regular season qualify for the playoffs that lead to the crowning of the 2016 league champion.
Purcellville’s roster now has no players that are currently active in the College World Series in Omaha. Several of its players were with teams that had qualified for the 64-team NCAA Regionals or 16-team Super Regionals.
The Cannons had a team batting average of .224 following their fifth consecutive loss.
Former Jefferson High and current Davis & Elkins outfielder Will Oliver, a regular on the Cougars’ 2015 state championship team, has been released by the Cannons after going hitless in seven at-bats and striking out five times.
The franchise was in Charles Town for three seasons (2013-15), playing its schedule at Jefferson High School. Prior to moving to Charles Town the team was in Luray, Virginia and played as the Luray Wranglers.
The Valley Baseball League has a regular season schedule that has games until near the end of July when the playoffs begin with eight of the 11 teams qualifying for the overall league championship.
Strasburg, Front Royal, Winchester, New Market, Woodstock and Purcellville comprise the North Division while Covington, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville are the five teams in the South Division.