York Cannons: Welcome

2006 Charlottesville Tournament Champs!
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After a disappointing 2006 season for the Cannons, several issues need to be addressed before the 2007 season begins. Although the teams power numbers were consistent with the rest of the league, they were far below average for Cannons baseball. The pitching was strong but not as consistent as it needs to be to win the championship again. Play in the outfield had a lot to do with the Cannons problems in 2006. A majority of the losses last season were given away due to poor defense and a lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. With the addition of several new teams in the league the competition can only get better. Hopefully with the increase in skilled players in the league the Cannons will play up to their potential in 2007. Although last year only proved that in sports the most talented team does not always win.      

2002 was the inaugural year for the Cannons. We were the SVABL Peninsula Division's regular season champions with a record of 11-5 (29-17-2 overall including Fall Season) and ended up as the Peninsula Division's Tournament Runner-Up. The Cannons also won (with a little help from our friends) the Charlottesville Labor Day Tournament's 18+ Championship.

In 2003, we saw the unexpected loss of Randy Curtiss and Cliff Copley from our line-up and we couldn't quite duplicate the offensive & defensive punch from the previous year. Even though a few off-season additions strengthened our pitching staff, our poor defensive play and the improvement of our competition cost us in the end. We finished the SVABL season as Peninsula Division runner-ups for a second straight year with a 16-7-1 record. We finished our 2003 season with a dismal performance (0 Wins, 2 Losses) at the Colonial Labor Day Tournament in York, PA. The good news is, however, participating in this tournament gave us a clear vision of what we need in order to compete at the highest level of amateur adult baseball.

In 2004, we won the regular season title with a 20-6 record. But alas the sun and all the planets aligned in such a way as to deny our quest (once again) for the glorious title of Champion. Lack of pitching depth hurt in the playoffs and we finished 3rd.

Overall, we have a 70-34-3 record over three years of playing but had never won that elusive championship until 2005.


During the first playoff weekend, in game 1, we beat the Rockhounds 8-5 despite the fact they were using ineligible players. But, in game 2, we dropped a game to the Astros 4-2 that sent us into the loser's bracket.

During the 2nd playoff weekend, our pitchers combined to throw 27 consecutive scoreless innings to lead us to the title. Matt Lewellen, David Spears, and Kevin Klevecs combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless in a 7-0 win on a hot Saturday evening. The next day we had to beat the Astros twice to earn the title. In the first game, Chad Blanchard pitched a solid 9 inning shutout to lead us to a 2-0 victory. This set the stage for the championship game in which Steven Millerleile held the Astros scoreless through 6 innings. David Spears threw a scoreless 7th and 8th innings and then John Hammons pitched the final inning to seal the 2nd game and an 8-0 championship win.

Pictured above 3rd row from left to right: Steve Ansama, Kevin Klevecs, Steven Millerleile, Scott Hudgins, Chucky Jarrett, Nick Newby, & David Spears. 2nd Row: Jon Estes, Chad Blanchard, Bryan Turcotte, Lee Kennell, Matt Lewellen, and Chris Balus. Front Row: John Hammons. Not Pictured: Everyone else on our roster.