W: Chris Pike (3-0)
L: Corey Rhoney (0-4)
S: Jordan Priddle (1)
Harrisonburg capitalized on several Lumberjack miscues throughout the game to best Covington Saturday night 9-3.
Covington (14-20) starter Corey Rhoney walked home two runs in the bottom of the third inning to hand the Turks (24-12) an early lead. Trey Cochran-Gill– pitching for his fifth win of the season– was swapped in the fifth inning for Chris Pike after being tagged for one run. The score didn’t remain close for long, as center fielder Ryan Lee knocked a 3-run homer way over the right field wall to give the home team a 4-run advantage. The Lumberjacks responded in the sixth, but another slew of runs in the seventh inning gave Harrisonburg the final 9-3 lead.
The Turks ended the game with fewer hits than actual runs, which paved the way for some unconventional statistics. Home run hitter Ryan Lee finished 1 of 3 with 4 RBI’s and two walks. Right fielder Ryan Brown finished 1 of 3, but scored three separate times.
Most of the weird stats stem from Rhoney’s six walks loading the bases with minimal hits. Rhoney, who dropped to 0-4 on the loss, pitched for five innings and gave up five earned runs.
Covington right fielder Ryan Sullivan finished a team-best 1 of 4 with an RBI.
No player from either team finished with more than a single hit.
Chris Pike earned his third win of the season in another middle relief appearance. Pike accounted for five outs, three of which were strikeouts. Jordan Priddle earned his first save of the season after allowing just one hit through the final three innings of play.