Written by Daniel Ware
Turks Staff Writer
HARRISONBURG, Va.—The Turks kept their division lead as they split their double header with the Covington Lumberjacks in at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night.
The Turks (16-7) were victorious in game two by a score of 9-2, and were led by the bat of the no.9 hitter, outfielder Ryne Sigmon (UNCG). With the Turks already leading 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Sigmon came up to bat with the bases loaded and tripled to right center, giving the Turks an 8-2 lead. One batter later, Sigmon scored when UNCG teammate Tripp Shelton singled to left.
Corey Childress (Troy) started game two for the Turks, and was effective pitching out of jams. He gave up 11 hits, but only allowed the Lumberjacks to score two runs and struck out eight in seven innings of work. He improved his record to 4-1 (tied for first in the league in wins) on the season with a 2.12 ERA and 33/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Outfielder Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest) has reached base in seven-straight games, with five multi-hit games, nine runs scored, eight RBIs, five walks and just four strikeouts in 24 at-bats in that span. He’s hitting .583 (14-24) in that stretch as well.
John McCarren (Wake Forest) got the start in game one for the Turks and was undone by a four-hit, four-run fifth inning. Trailing 4-2, four of the first five Lumberjacks batters hit singles. After outfielder Orley Arellano (Broward College) scored on a Juan Given single, Joey Morales (Nicholls State) scored on a single by Jason Polgano (Felician College).
Lumberjacks designated hitter Jason Polgano had a night you don’t often see in baseball: he went 3-4 with two RBIs and also was the winning pitcher. The left-hander pitched the seventh and eighth innings and allowed no runs and no hits.
The Lumberjacks won game one 7-6. McCarren went six innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and picked up the no decision while reliever Malik Jones received the loss.
First baseman Greg Popatak (George Mason) crushed his sixth home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the second. He went 1-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in game one and didn’t play in game two.
Catcher Mason George (UTSA) went 4-4 with one RBI in game one and hit his sixth double of the season in the bottom of the third. He’s batting .352 on the season and is tied for the team lead in RBIs (16) with Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest) and Greg Popatak (George Mason).