Turks Head Coach Bob Wease has been working hard recruiting the best players from schools all across the country to put together the 2017 team. Wease relies on a number of former Turks coaches and players at many of the strong competitive baseball programs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
At this time a hand full of players from the 2016 team will be returning. Player introductions will be released once all of the contracts are in hand.
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. Read more
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