Cannons Blank Turks 7-0

Written By Bennett Conlin
Broadcasting Intern

Purcellville, VA – A few years back, sports apparel manufacturer Adidas coined the slogan, “Impossible is Nothing.” While the sentiment is nice, scoring zero runs and winning a baseball game is, in fact, impossible. The Turks fell 7-0 in a road battle to the north division-leading Purcellville Cannons (7-2) as Harrisonburg (3-7) failed to score a run for the first time all season.

The Turks fell behind from the start as Nolan Ritchie, the Cannons’ leadoff hitter, singled in the bottom of the first. Ritchie stole second and eventually scored on an RBI from Sheldon Reed. The Cannons never looked back.

Purcellville tagged Rhett Willis for three runs in the fourth inning to blow the game open and take a 4-0 advantage. Willis threw five innings and allowed five earned runs on a night he’s hoping to soon forget. The Cannons tallied just nine hits compared to the Turks’ seven, but made them count in crucial situations.

For Harrisonburg, centerfielder Ty Andrus and catcher Joe Lytle continued to be bright spots. Andrus went 1-5 and has now recorded a hit in all 10 games this season. Lytle, a late arrival from NAIA powerhouse Oklahoma City, also has a hit in all five of his games this year. He went 1-3 before being replaced by Andrew Llewellyn in the lopsided defeat.

While the Turks have now lost two in a row, they’ll head home for a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday night at 7:30 when they host the Waynesboro Generals. This will be the third matchup between the two teams. The previous two meetings were split with the road team winning each game.

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