Turks take both games in Royals doubleheader

Monday, June 20, 2022
John Breeden
Harrisonburg, VA

The Harrisonburg Turks went 2-0 against the Winchester Royals in a doubleheader Sunday at Eagle Field. They’re now 9-5 this season and 5-3 at home.

“It’s been pretty intense, it’s like every single game has been close [this season],” Mitch Farris said. “We keep knocking at the door and getting guys on [base], that’s all you can really do. It’s going to come through for you at some point.”

Game One
The Turks won 3-0 in game one. The game was a stalemate early with both sides only mustering up one hit each after three innings. Farris (Wingate) started on the mound for Harrisonburg and threw five strikeouts in the first three innings.

“My main focus is locating all my pitches,” Farris said. “I have [a] good feel for the fastball and [the] slider … I was working my curveball and changeup location and it kinda started coming a little later in the outing.”

In his first start of the season, designated hitter Mike Rosario (Miami) drove a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth for the first run of the game. Rosario said he was expecting the pitcher to throw the same first pitch that he threw in his first at-bat: a slider that was “kinda middle away.” “Coming back up [to hit] I was kinda expecting that pitch again,” Rosario said. “I felt like it was coming again so I sat on it and I drove it.”

Harrisonburg extended its lead in the bottom of the fifth as catcher Jake Stadler (Purdue) scored on a Royals fielding error. Stadler drove in a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single. The Royals couldn’t mount a comeback in the top of the seventh as three outs gave the Turks the win.

Game Two
The Turks won game two 2-1. Game two was a similar sight to game one with only one hit in the first three innings.

Despite loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, the Turks couldn’t capitalize as two more outs ended the inning.

The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth. Winchester’s Colton Ryals scored on an RBI double from Chase Nixon for the first run of the game. Nixon was picked off during the next-at bat to end the inning.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh, the Turks were off to a good start as Rosario hit a leadoff single. Left fielder Jaylon Lee (EMU) got a sacrifice bunt down to get Rosario in scoring position. Second baseman Brenden Vern (College Central FL) sat down on strikes for the second out. Rosario scored on a Royals fielding error to tie the game at one.

Next up was second baseman Matt Mamatas (GA Southwestern St), who got to first on another fielding error by Winchester. The error was enough to drive in catcher Carlos Perez to give the Turks the 2-1 win.

“That was pretty crazy, it was exciting … in a weird way,” Farris said.

The Turks host the Waynesboro Generals in a makeup game Monday at 7:30 p.m.

They host the Covington Lumberjacks Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.