Turks lose to Tom Sox in walk-off after 10 innings

Thursday, June 30, 2022
John Breeden
Harrisonburg, VA

The Harrisonburg Turks fell to the Charlottesville Tom Sox 3-2 after ten innings Wednesday night at Charlottesville High School. The loss moves them to 11-9 this season and 4-4 on the road.

“They [Charlottesville] had some really good arms going tonight,” center fielder Sam Schner said “Obviously the bats could’ve swung a little bit more to help the [our] pitching out. The pitching was great.”

Harrisonburg found success in getting on-base but left 14 baserunners stranded on the night as well as sitting down on strikes 16 times.

Obviously it’s a little frustrating but at the end of the day it’s gonna happen,” Schner said. “[We] just gotta keep moving forward and turning the page.”

Second baseman Matt Mamatas (GA Southwestern St) drove in the first two runs of the game in the top of the second on an RBI double — driving in third baseman Matt Kemp (UNC Greensboro) and left fielder Brady Gumpf.

“We got up early on them and I think we kinda let up a little bit offensively,” designated hitter Mitch Farris said. “We got guys on and just simply couldn’t get them in … left a lot of guys stranded.”

Schner (Florida Tech) singled in the top of the fifth while Farris (Wingate) and right fielder Mike Rosario (Miami) walked to load the bases with one out. A strikeout and groundout kept the Turks from adding to their lead.

“They [Charlottesville] commanded all their pitches pretty well,” Farris said. “They could throw all their pitches for strikes. You don’t see that every night.”

The game took a turn in the bottom of the seventh as the Tom Sox got on the board with Logan Amiss (VCU) driving in Satchell Norman (Florida Southwestern) on a sacrifice fly. Charlottesville tied the game at two as Brody Moss (Auburn) drove in Cole Wagner (Georgia) on an RBI single.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Amiss hit a single and advanced to second on a Turks fielding error. The Tom Sox had the bases loaded with one out but a strikeout by Casey Smith (James Madison) and a flyout sent the game to extra innings.

First baseman Christian Ficca (Georgetown U) grounded to right field for a single in the top of the tenth but were unable to get anything going as three strikeouts retired the side.

With two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the tenth, Garrett Spikes hit an RBI single to center field to give the Tom Sox the 3-2 win.

The Turks go on a two-game home stretch as they’ll host the Covington Lumberjacks Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Waynesboro Generals Friday at 7:30 p.m.