Prince William scored five runs in the first, then two apiece in the fourth, sixth and seventh to coast past Durham, 11-1. The game, between the Carolina League division leaders, was played before 2,566 fans last night at Prince William County Stadium, the first game of a three-game series.
Cullen Hartzog pitched eight innings to even his record at 5-5, with Mike Gardella retiring the side in order in the ninth. Preston Watson, who came into the game with a 2.15 ERA, gave up seven runs and was the loser.
The Cannons (15-14), winners of six of their last seven, started their big inning when Dave Silvestri walked with one out, went to third on J.T. Snow's hit-and-run single up the middle and scored on Sherman Obando's sacrifice fly to right. Jay Knoblauh, making his first start in center since being called up from Fort Lauderdale, doubled to left and Russ Davis walked to load the bases. Dave Howell's line drive to center scored two. He advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored when Ken Harring misplayed Brad Ausmus's ground ball to third.
Durham (20-11) scored a run in the fourth when Theron Todd singled up the middle to score Keith Mitchell, who had singled and advanced into scoring position on Hartzog's wild pitch.
Prince William scored two bizarre runs in the sixth on one hit, one hit batter and two wild pitches by Scott Diez to pad its lead to 9-1.