Turks Out Slugged 6-1
By: Adam Cherry Player/Intern
It was another beautiful scenic night in Charles Town, West Virginia as the Charles Town Cannons hosted the Harrisonburg Turks. The Turks were rained out Tuesday night against the Winchester Royals when a severe storm came through Northern Virginia. The last time the Turks were able to take the field, they suffered a tough loss against the Front Royal Cardinals.
The Turks were looking to get back on track by sending Kevin Lewallyn (Duke) to the mound. Mr. Lewallyn is looking to pick up his third win on the season and remain undefeated. The Cannons sent out Austin Stephens. Both pitchers threw scoreless innings on last week’s All-Star game.
The Cannons were able to break the stalemate in the second inning. With runners on second and third with two outs, Zachary Zyburt hit a soft line drive over the out stretched short stop to score two runs and take a 2-0 lead.
The Cannons, Justin Harris started the fifth inning with a single with one out. Harris scampered to second for a stolen base. He then stole third and was able to advance home when the Turks catcher fired a wild throw. The Cannons led 3-0.
The Cannons relentless offense continued into the sixth inning. The bases were loaded with no one out after a lead off walk and back-to-back singles. Lewallyn struck out William Endris on three pitches before giving up a double to Zyburt. Zyburt was too aggressive on the base paths and was thrown out at third. Going into the seventh inning, the Cannons took a commanding lead 6-0.
The Turks pushed a run across in the top of the ninth inning. Steven McLean (Baylor) put a ball down the line that the Cannons pitcher picked up and fired a wild throw to first letting McLean advance to second. Eric Kalbfleisch (UNCG) roped a two out single scoring McLean from second.
The Turks struggled to find the barrel of the bat against the left arm of Stephens. The Turks managed five hits against the lefty all night. Stephens pitched a complete game, his first of the summer. Lewallyn takes his first loss of the summer season as his record moves to 2-1. The final score of the game was 6-1.