The Valley Baseball League released the “All Valley League Team” today. Four Harrisonburg Turks were named. Short-stop Tripp Shelton (UNCG), outfielder Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest), and starting pitcher Corey Childress (Troy) were named to First Team. 1B/DH Greg Popatak II was named to Second Team. Congratulations to these players for an outstanding season.
To read the whole article on the All Valley League Team click on link below.
Congratulations to the following 2016 Turks that earned team honors for their outstanding play during the 2016 season.
Turks Most Valuable Player, SS Tripp Shelton (UNCG) .329 BA, 5 home runs, and 24 RBI. Turks Player of the Week 2, All Things Valley League Player of the Night June 17, 2016 Valley Baseball League All Star
Turks Home Run Slugger, 1B Greg Popatak II (George Mason) .264 BA, 9 home runs, and 27 RBI. Turks Player of the Week 3, Valley Baseball League Player of the Week 3. 2016 Valley Baseball League All Star
Every season the Harrisonburg Turks accept interns from James Madison University that works with the team in a variety of capacities.This year’s staff did a wonderful job for us.
The Turks were blessed to have an outstanding graphic design/marketing intern, Mary McMahan. Mary was one of the “Turkettes” and worked in the concession stand since she was in middle school. This year as a junior at James Madison University she added another major at JMU and wanted to put her graphic design skills to work for the Turks. She did an amazing job handling our social media accounts, making banners, and posting pictures for our FaceBook page, and posting pictures on Instagram. She redesigned our Turks website. She captured wonderful game day pictures for our fans to enjoy. She produced some videos. Mary also designed the Turks t-shirts that were sold in the merchandise stand and the practice shirts the players wore. She also designed the Turks schedule poster and the 2016 Valley Baseball League All Star Game poster. If you have FaceBook I encourage you to visit the Harrisonburg Turks page and look back over our summer.
Thank you Mary for sharing all of your talents with the Turks and our fans. You will be sadly missed next season dear friend. Mary enters her senior year at JMU and will receive a degree in Spanish and Marketing. Best wishes to you Mary on an amazing career when you graduate next spring. Remember … “Once a Turk … Always a Turk”
Here are two videos that Mary put together for your enjoyment. Click on link to watch.
https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonburgTurks/videos/1425534430796724/ “Harrisonburg Turks Summer 2016”
https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonburgTurks/videos/1429992197017614/ “Thank you Bob and Teresa” Read more
Written by Jackson Campbell
COVINGTON, VA – It was an abrupt end to the season for the Valley League’s third best regular season team, as the Lumberjacks swept Harrisonburg in the first round. Covington got exactly what they needed from their starting pitchers, Mike Hanchar and Orlando Cannon, and slowed down the powerful Turks offense.
On the second night of the first round playoff series, things were looking up early for the Turks. Tripp Shelton notched his third leadoff homerun of the season to put Harrisonburg up 1-0. The first inning runs on the road has been a recipe for success for the Turks throughout the summer, but on this night, they would not add another run until the ninth inning when it was too late.
Brandon Caples got the start for the Turks and he threw seven innings, struck out seven, walked one, gave up four earned runs and 10 hits. In his two starts for Harrisonburg in the regular season, he had a 1.58 ERA and had a nearly 5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Caples may have given up a lot of hits to Covington, but he mostly worked his way out of a lot of jams and gave his offense plenty of chances to provide support. Read more
HARRISONBURG, Va—Behind a decisive four-run eighth inning, the Covington Lumberjacks came back to beat the Harrisonburg Turks 8-6 at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night.
Trailing 6-4 entering the top of the eighth, the top of the Lumberjacks’ order came through in a big way. Four batters after Brandon Vicens (Miami Dade CC) cut the Turks’ lead to 6-5 with an opposite field solo home run, Jose Carrera doubled to left center to tie the game up.
Following a pitching change that saw lefty reliever Eric Yankey (JMU), who picked up the loss, replaced by John McCarren (Wake Forest), Juan Givan (Nicholls State) crushed the first pitch he saw over the fence in right to give Covington the 8-6 lead.
Both starters had their share of troubles in tonight’s game. For the Turks, Corey Childress (Troy) got the start on the mound—his fourth start against the Lumberjacks this season. Whereas he lasted no fewer than seven innings in the first three starts, Childress lasted just five tonight, allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and three punch-outs in the no decision. Read more