Generals Hold Off Cannons in 9th for Third Straight Win

The Purcellville Cannons entered the 9th inning needing 3 to tie the game. They loaded the bases with no outs, but the Generals managed to hold on to gain their third win in a row.

There was no shortage of hits in the ball game with the teams combining for 24 hits. There were only 3 full innings that didn’t see at least one team scoring, making for a fun night for a big crowd at Kate Collins Field.

The Generals wasted no time getting on the board. In what became a familiar sight during tonight’s ball game, Kyle Wrighte (William & Mary) worked his way on in the first with a walk, stole a base and eventually came around to score on a Tyler Trovinger (Oakland) single. Then in the 3rd inning, Wrighte worked his way on with another walk, stole second and third on consecutive pitches, and was brought in by a Trovinger single. Trovinger also scored in the 3rd on a sacrifice fly to right by Andrew Orzel (Wofford).

Tyler Thompson (Austin Peay) started the game on the mound for the Gens, and worked a stellar four innings in his first appearance back in Waynesboro. When he gave way to Alex Harper-Cook (Tennessee) in the 5th, the Cannons put themselves on the scoreboard with a 2 RBI single from Dillon Reed to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Gens. In the bottom half of the 5th, Dalton Wingo (UCF) stole second to get into scoring position after his infield single to give Orzel another RBI opportunity. Orzel took advantage with a single to center to bring around the speedy Wingo. Orzel, after moving to 2nd base on the play at the plate on Wingo, stole third and was able to score on a throwing error by catcher TK McWhertor to move the score to 5-2.

Purcellville put up runs in the 6th and the 8th innings. Both were Matt Koehler coming around on two Blake Simmons singles. We headed to the bottom of the 8th with the Generals clinging to a one run lead. After a one-out double by Cody Warner (VMI), Kyle Wrighte came up large, once again, with an RBI single to left field. He ended up scoring on a bloop single by, you guessed it, Tyler Trovinger.

However, Purcellville didn’t go away quietly. Matt Nickles (Randolph-Macon Col.) threw an effective two innings but ran out of gas in the top of the 9th after surrendering a walk and a single. Patrick O’Shea (St Mary’s) came in to provide relief for a second straight night. O’Shea came in and immediately gave up an RBI single to Kenny Oyama and walked Jacob Freeland. The bases were loaded, nobody was out, and the Cannons were down two. O’Shea struck out the next two batters on 3 ball 2 strike counts, and finished the game by getting a ground ball to third.

Key Performers for Purcellville:

  • Blake Simmons: 3-4, 2 RBI
  • Dillon Reed: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Key Performers for Waynesboro:

  • Tyler Thompson: (ND) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Kyle Wrighte: 2-3, 2 1B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 SB
  • Tyler Trovinger: 3-5, 3 1B, 3 RBI

The Generals will look for their 4th straight win tomorrow night in Charlottesville when they take on the Tom Sox. Something has to give, as the Sox have a 4-game winning streak. The Generals will send right-hander Matt Ellmyer (0-1) to the mound for a good Friday night South division matchup.