Turks Defeat Generals 10-6 in Harrisonburg

WP: McCoy (2-0)- 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

LP: Pearson (0-2)- 5.1, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

HARRISONBURG, Va., July 3, 2015 – The Turks showed no signs of slowing down in the 10-6 wire-to-wire defeat of the Waynesboro Generals at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night.

Joe Lytle’s 5-3 groundout would score Billings from third following a leadoff triple in the first to give the Turks a lead that they would never relinquish.

The win marks the Turks’ 11th in their last 12 to extend their Valley Baseball League-best record to 17-6 while the Generals fall to 9-13.

Tucker McCoy (2-0) got his first start of the season and pitched well enough to give the Turks a chance. The lefty allowed five runs (four earned) on only four hits while striking out five in the winning effort. Donte Lindsay made his Turks debut out of the bullpen and performed very well, allowing only one run while striking out three. Patrick Wiseman was called upon to close things out and did so by sitting the Generals down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

The Turks’ offensive effort was extremely balanced on the night with nine of 10 players who recorded an at-bat scoring a run and eight out of 10 accounting for at least one run batted in. The top of the order set the bar high on the night as the 1-2-3 hitters alone had six hits, four runs scored, and four runs batted in.

Waynesboro pitching did not fair as well. Starter Robert Pearson allowed nine runs in 5.1 innings after giving up two runs at the most in his other three appearances this season. Jordan Harmon was the first to trot in from the bullpen and completed 0.2 innings but not before giving up one run one two hits and two walks. Jamal Wilson and Dillon Cate would follow with a scoreless inning each.

 

The Generals’s four-run top of the 6th made things close at 6-5 but the Turks responded quickly with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to extend their lead back to five runs, plenty for the pitching staff on the night.

The Turks have off tomorrow night in observation of Independence Day (Fourth of July). The team returns home the following evening at 7:30 p.m. when the Staunton Braves come to town for a Sunday night matchup. Happy Fourth of July and go Turks!


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