PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA — Since the Cannons’ annual fundraiser on March 31, the Cannons have added nine total players and have one returning for another season. Last year, the Cannons had two players from Purcellville, cousins from Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove High Schools, Will and Matt Reed. This season, Will is returning, and so are two new Purcellville natives, from rivaling high schools.
Will, a commit to West Virginia University, was the Cannons All-Star Closer, and Co-MVP of the team. Will went 4-1 with seven saves in sixteen games, along with a 0.82 ERA with thirty-five strikeouts. Matt Reed, was a pitcher and catcher for the Cannons last year, in four games he had three strikeouts with a 1.80 ERA. He also hit for a .173 average in twenty-five games, but led the team in hit-by-pitches with five.
The Cannons added Loudoun Valley alumni and Liberty University infielder, Trey McDyre. McDyre is currently hitting .328 with two homeruns and thirty-five RBI’s and has an on-base-percentage (OBP) of .432. Trey plays third base for the Flames and hits second in their lineup.
The second piece from Purcellville that will be returning is Woodgrove alumni, Colin Reid. Reid will be joining the Cannons as a pitcher, after finishing his freshman year on the Radford University baseball team. Thus far, in seventeen innings of work, has struck out twenty-seven people, but has an ERA of 11.12.
Later, on the same day, the Cannons signed two more players from Radford University, and completed a trio from the school, RHP Trey Alderman and OF Adam Szamski. Szamski, who is a native of the Valley League, playing two years with the Staunton Braves, who hit just over .270 in both seasons. Alderman, who has not played in the Valley League yet, will look to continue tossing a low-90’s fastball. With Radford, Alderman went 0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in 15.1 innings.
The Cannons also added a lefty pitcher to their seemingly already stacked pitching staff. LHP Mike Taylor of Harford Community College will be taking the mound for Purcellville this summer. As of May 5, Taylor is 6-0 with a 2.54 ERA and has struck out fifty-three batters in forty-six innings.
Walters State Community College will have two representatives on the Cannons this season, with outfielders Kyle Ouellette and Payton Marshall joining this summer. Ouellette is hitting .320 on this season with four homeruns and eight doubles. He is also a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American in high school and as of April 4, Marshall was hitting .383 with eight homeruns and thirteen doubles.
Cisco College in Texas will also be represented this season, with versatile player Nolan Ritchie joining the team. Nolan can play the middle infield and all three outfield positions and will be a huge piece of the puzzle for Coach Brett Fuller this season. He is also going to continue his baseball career and play for Alabama University next season.
The last player that has joined the team since March 31 and returning to the Cannons will be Ray Hernandez. Hernandez goes to Alabama State University and is hitting .268 with seven homeruns and forty-one RBI’s. Last year with the Cannons Ray hit .313 in 134 at-bats with four homeruns and twenty-one RBI.