After the Potomac Cannons defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats, 11-4, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge last night, Manager Joe Cunningham said his team "should have saved some of those runs." He was probably only half-joking.

The Cannons entered the game with the worst team batting average and worst earned run average in the Class A Carolina League. And thanks to Wilmington's 5-4 victory over Frederick last night, the last-place Cannons were eliminated from first-half contention in the Northern Division with 15 games to play.

But all of that seemed forgotten last night. The Cannons had strong pitching and good hitting as they improved their record to 20-35 and broke a five-game losing streak.

Starting pitcher Finley Woodward (2-4) held Lynchburg to one run on four hits over seven innings and struck out six. Coming into the game Woodward had a 4.58 ERA and gave up 14 hits and eight runs in his previous start.

"He's probably been the most consistent starter we've had this season," Cunningham said. "He's pitched the most innings for us and his last start ballooned his ERA."

Potomac's Rob Macrory, who entered the game with a .215 average and just 14 RBI, went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. Brad Freeman, who was hitting .212 with 11 RBI, had doubled in two runs during the Cannons' four-run fourth inning and added a triple in the seventh.

William Ortega, one of the few Cannons hitting well, went 3 for 5 with a three-run home run in the Cannons' five-run fifth inning.

Box score on Page D9