Pitcher’s Duel Ends Badly for Turks
7/9/2010 – Turks Tidbits
By Brett Kucheruk, Turks Webcast Color Commentator
James Madison University Intern
Harrisonburg, VA – Drew Granier (Louisiana-Monroe) exited after pitching seven strong innings leading 4-3 when the wheels fell off for Harrisonburg. The Turks’ bullpen imploded in the eighth inning allowing Covington to score 12 runs and the Lumberjacks went on to win 15-5.
Harrisonburg started the scoring in the first inning when Connor Winn (Georgia Tech) hit a triple to deep left center and scored when Bobby Brown (Arizona) followed with a sacrifice groundout to the ‘Jacks shortstop. The Turks got two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI single to left by Shaun Cooper (Pima C.C.). The second run of the inning was scored when the Turks had runners on first and third and Cooper attempted to steal second but stopped purposely to get in a run-down which allowed Scott Dalrymple (Oklahoma City) to score from third.
Granier looked strong again tonight for the Turks. In seven innings pitched, Granier allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five Covington batters. The game went from a pitchers’ duel to a blowout in the eighth inning when the Turks’ bullpen took over and allowed 12 runs to score on multiple walks, a few wild pitches, and two home runs.
The Turks go on the road tomorrow Friday, July 8th to face Woodstock at 7:30 and then return home to play Winchester on Saturday at 7:30. Harrisonburg will host the Valley Baseball League All Star Game this Sunday at 7:30.