VBL All Valley Team Players
Turks Player of the Week: Jared Baker (OKCU)
Turks Co-Players of the Week: Shane Billings (Wingate) and James Ziemba (Duke)
Congratulations to the 2015 Turks All-Stars
Billings and Crew Stand in the Gateway
By Dave Norman
Turks Play by Play Announcer
It was very clear to Turks coaches, teammates and fans early in the season that Turks leadoff hitter and centerfielder Shane Billings (Wingate) was a special athlete with budding abilities.
Shane made the league take notice as well and his terrific season has been recognized with the 2015 Valley Baseball League Most Valuable Player Award.
Billings led the league in batting (.418), hits (64), runs (45) and tied for the league stolen base crown (21). A converted infielder, Shane continued the legacy of great players to patrol centerfield for the Harrisonburg Turks. That is an article unto itself.
The scary part for opposing pitchers is that Shane has only scratched the surface of his baseball potential. Congratulations to Shane and best wishes on another great season at Wingate and for the Turks! [Click here to read more…]
By Nick Sunderland
HARRISONBURG – Bob Wease is as passionate as can be when it comes to baseball, and the Harrisonburg Turks’ longtime manager absolutely hates losing.
Choked up and with tears in his eyes, Wease – a Valley Baseball League fixture – stood speechless near the home dugout at Veterans Memorial Park following the Turks’ 3-2 season ending loss Friday night to the Waynesboro Generals.
Then, one by one, Harrisonburg’s players came by to exchange hugs with Wease and individually thank him for his time and efforts this summer.
Though the Turks had again failed to advance in the VBL playoffs – Waynesboro won the series, 2-1, as Harrisonburg was eliminated in the first round for a third straight year – the moment was a brief reminder of what keeps the 71 year old Wease coming back to coach season after season.
“That’s the only reason I do it, you know?” an emotional Wease said in reference to the new relationships he builds each season. The 14th year manager then paused for a moment to compose himself. “I probably won’t see a lot of these guys again. But that’s what summer ball’s about. Some of ’em will go on to play pro baseball, and some of ’em will go on to teach, coach, whatever. That’s just the way it is.” [Click here to read more…]