7/25/2007 – Daily News Record
Written By Mike Barber Daily News Record HARRISONBURG — Neither team could hit. Neither team could pitch. Neither team could field. And so the Harrisonburg Turks scored a 7-5 win by being less ugly than Fauquier on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. "It wasn’t a pretty game," Turks owner/manager Bob Wease said after his team clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the Valley League playoffs. That was an understatement. Only four of the 12 runs the teams combined for were earned. There were six errors — three by each club — four wild pitches and two passed balls. Still, the Turks gained a game on first-place Waynesboro, which lost 6-4 to Winchester on Tursday. Harrisonburg is now 1½ games back. The difference for the Turks on Tuesday was a mistake-filled third inning, in which Harrisonburg scored six runs on two hits and two Fauquier errors to seize control of the contest. The Turks’ first two batters of the frame walked and then David Dennis reached on an error, loading the bases. Brett Stewart hit a sacrifice fly to left to put Harrisonburg (27-13) up 2-1. Fauquier (12-28) nearly got out of the inning with just that one run, but it botched a potential double play and then absolutely imploded. Jon Moore hit a bases-loaded double that scored two runs, but Fauquier left fielder Brian McDonough let the ball scoot by him, allowing a third run to score. The game bumbled along in that sloppy fashion until Wease turned the ball over to his potent 1-2 bullpen punch in the seventh and eight inning. Ian Reinhart pitched a scoreless eight inning, allowing one hit and striking out three. Then, closer Garrett Parker notched his seventh save of the season, giving up one hit and striking out two in the ninth. Fauquier 100 200 200 – 5 10 3 Harrisonburg 016 000 00x – 7 7 3 Bender, Russ (4), Love (7) and Nugent; Ellison, Sonen (6), Reinhart (8), Parker (9) and Pericht. W- Ellison (4-1). L- Bender (2-5). S- Parker (7).