The Valley Baseball League has the moniker of the “Gateway to the Majors”. For the Turks, three summer veteran and University of Texas San Antonio infielder RJ Perucki could be called the “Gateway to the Valley”. Since Perucki’s freshman season in Harrisonburg, eight other Roadrunners have appeared for the Turks, totaling nine players on UTSA’s 31 man roster. While Perucki may not be taking grounders each night at his usual shortstop at Veterans Memorial Park, he paved the way for All-Valley RHP Logan Onda as well as newcomers outfielder Jesse Baker, RHP Boone Mokry, and catcher Mitch Matulia.
Onda, a junior right-handed pitcher from Huston, Texas has pitched in eight games and started one of those. In these games, he has recorded two wins, two saves, and holds a 2.25 era in 20 innings. Onda returns for his second season with the Turks. Last year the UTSA Roadrunner posted a 4-2 record with a 2.63 era in 41.0 innings pitched. He started four games of his eleven games pitched. He fanned 42 and only walked 14. This spring Onda has pitched 43 innings with 35 strikeouts recording a 3-1 record with 6 saves and a 2.51 ERA. Logan Onda earned the Turks Week 5 Player of the Week Award and was named to the 2nd Team 2013 All Valley League Team.
Mokry, a junior right-handed pitcher from Pleasanton, Texas stands tall at 6’6 and weighs 230 pounds. He has appeared in 15 games including 9 starts this season. Mokry has tallied up 45.2 innings pitched with 25 strikeouts with 3.55 ERA and a 1-2 record. Mokry, a transfer from McLennan JC, posted a 1.74 ERA and an average of 1.23 strikeouts per inning.
Baker, a sophomore utility guy from Brenham, Texas has started every game this season and has been very productive at the plate for the Road Runners. The 6′ 180 pound outfielder has been to bat 184 times with 52 hits, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and knocked in 33 RBIs while posting a .283 AVG. The speedster has stolen 10 of 14 bases. Baker started in 57 of 60 games as a freshman splitting time between second base and the outfield. He hit .270 with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 34 RBIs.
Matulia, a freshman infield/catcher from Houston, Texas has started in 21 of his 37 games played so far this season. He has produced 29 hits, 9 doubles and knocked in 11 RBI while posting a .282 AVG and stolen 2 of 2 bases.