7/26/05 – Daily News Record
Harrisonburg Tops Bandits, 5-2 Mike Barber Daily News Record Woodstock – Say this for the Harrisonburg Turks. they don’t have much punch, but they keep swinging – and winning. The Turks scored two runs off a third-inning Woodstock error and another off a balk and beat the River Bandits 5-2 on Monday for their third straight victory. "We’re going to have to play like that because we don’t have any big-time hitters like we did before," said Turks manager Bob Wease, who lost his two biggest offensive threats earlier in the season to injuries. "We’ve just got to scratch for everything we get." Harrisonburg starter Shawn Benson baffled Woodstock’s hitters all night, primarily with a sweeping curveball that he didn’t start relying on heavily until the third inning. "The last couple of outings I had were kind of shaky," Benson said. "It’s good to come out on top today." Harrisonburg loaded the bases in the top of the third inning against Woodstock starter Bobby Moore. With two outs, Lucas Delong hit a ground ball to third but Tony Thomas beat Woodstock third baseman Lewis to the bag and Kacy Bruce scored, tying the game at 1-1. The next batter, Jeff Carroll, hit a sharp hopper to second that kicked off the glove of Woodstock’s T.J. Conroy, scoring two more runs and sending Harrisonburg on its way to the win. Second-place Harrisonburg (24-19) has already clinched a playoff spot. It finishes the season today at Waynesboro. Woodstock is 15-26.