Monday Madness: 2’s are everywhere
The VBL playoffs are slated to start in just a little under two weeks. In honor of its proximity, we’ll be having a 2-themed Monday Madness this evening.
A pair of greats:
Turks Ace Justin Camp and all-star left fielder Eric Kalbfleisch both left the Valley League all-star game with some notable hardware. Justin Camp, who started on the mound for the southern all-stars, earned the win after giving up one hit and zero runs. Kalbfleisch, the MVP, didn’t start the game for the southern all-stars, but finished the game 2 of 2 with 2 RBI.
Nobody’s perfect (but he’s pretty close):
Camp did suffer his first loss of the season Sunday night in New Market. He allowed only two earned runs, but that was enough for New Market to edge out Harrisonburg in a 3-2 victory.
Camp is one of two Turks tied atop the VBL with five wins (the other is Sam Kmiec). Camp is also one of two Turks ranked among the top seven strikeout artists in the league (Camp has 42; the other Harrisonburg player, Connor Kaden has 51)
Camp has appeared in eight different games for Harrisonburg this summer. He has only received no decisions in two games — a 4-3 win in Waynesboro when Camp went 6 1/3 innings, and a 5-4 loss in New Market on June 1 where he pitched one brief inning of relief. It is his only relief appearance of the season.
Easy on the Free Weights, Kid:
All-star second baseman Andy Perez carried a six-game hit streak into Saturday night’s double-header against Covington before it was, quite literally, snapped. Perez finished 0 of 3 in the second 7-inning game, partially because his bat broke in each of his first two plate appearances.
Perez has an OBP north of .400 this season, and is one of only 20 players to have hit at least 7+ doubles.
Did someone say Lumberjack?
Turks pitcher Logan Onda (9 appearances) typically comes in as a reliever, but head coach Bob Wease has used him as a spot starter when he gets in a bind. Onda now has two starts this season, both against Covington. He is 1-1 in those games with an ERA of 2.2.
Harrisonburg has now played Covington five times this season. The Turks are 4-1 against the Lumberjacks. They have never given up more than two runs.
Must be the pitching:
Despite Harrisonburg playing two more games to this date, the Turks and Rebels are tied atop the Southern VBL standings for the second time this summer. New Market has won two games against the Turks this summer; Harrisonburg has won three against the Rebels. The final regular season game between the two will be in Harrisonburg on July 20.
Do not adjust your computer screens:
Care to take a guess at the only southern division VBL team that has a winning record against the Harrisonburg Turks (24-11) this season?
If you guessed the Rockbridge Rapids (12-23), you may have cheated, but you are correct. Rockbridge has two games in hand over Harrisonburg this season, owning a 3-1 head-to-head advantage so far this summer. The Turks can earn their second win over the Rapids via Tuesday night’s home game at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.