Turks Ineffective Against the Power of the TomSox

Written By Nathan Rishell
Staff Writer

Harrisonburg, VA – 

Saturday night the Harrisonburg Turks faced a formidable opponent in the Charlottesville Tom Sox. At the top of the first, an error helped the Tom Sox take a 1-0 lead, setting the tone for the match early.

The utilization of four different pitchers throughout the contest proved to be little help for the Turks against an explosive lineup of batters presented by Charlottesville. With the first pitching substitution occurring after only two innings, the Turks played catch up the entire night, but would not see their luck change against a Tom Sox team that boasted twice as many runs as Harrisonburg had hits for several innings.

Despite having their four-game winning streak snapped by a difficult 8-1 loss, the Turks will look to bounce back from a minor setback with an eye on a bigger prize: maintaining and improving a record that has pushed them into playoff contention over the last few games.

Great Pitching and Explosive 6th gives the Turks a 3-1 Win

Written By Nathan Rishell
Staff Writer

Harrisonburg, VA – Civil War veteran turned accomplished lawyer and orator Robert Green Ingersoll once said, “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart”, and his timeless words describe the heart of a Harrisonburg Turks team that has bounced back from multiple defeats to build a four-game winning streak.

Friday night, the Turks faced the Staunton Braves, a squad that beat Harrisonburg by a four-point margin less than a week earlier.

Tensions threatened to boil over early in the contest, with both teams frustrated by a scoreless standstill throughout the first five innings, culminating by a member of the Braves being ejected from the match. Perhaps, the contest, which featured six players who lineup for JMU during the school year—three to a team—pushed the boundaries between friendly competition and personal rivalry.

At the top of the sixth, the Braves injected some life into a game marked only by the excitement of multiple consecutive foul balls landing in the stands by sending a runner home. Members of the Harrisonburg faithful waited with baited breath for the Turk’s response to going down against a team that bested them only days ago, and were elated by an explosion into action that saw three runs by the home team.

From the seventh on, the Turks firmly grasped a 3-1 advantage, giving up limited hits and no runs. Starting pitcher Mason Standstill stood courageously at the mound, sending numerous Braves to the dugout after swinging strikeouts, before being replaced in the ninth by John Gregory to ensure no further fatigue.

The Turks had no defensive errors on the night, a tribute to an increase in concentration instilled throughout the roster by Head Coach Wease.

Harrisonburg returns home on Saturday night in an effort to extend the current winning streak to five games. If Friday’s game was any indication of the Harrisonburg’s resilience, the Charlottesville TomSox should not take the surging Turks lightly.

Turks Chop Down the Lumberjacks 5-3

Written By Bennett Conlin
Broadcasting Intern

Covington, VA – Harrisonburg Turks manager Bob Wease’s gamesmanship often results in him being compared to a card player. With a full complement of pieces now in town after players arriving late due to postseason success with their collegiate clubs, Wease and the Turks have been coming up aces.

Wake Forest pitchers Carter Bach and Chris Farish combined with rising Longwood sophomore John Gregory to limit the Covington Lumberjacks to just three runs in the Turks’ 5-3 win on Thursday night. The victory moves Harrisonburg to 7-10, while Covington drops to 5-11 as the Turks have rattled off three consecutive victories.

Bach got the start for the Turks and ended up leaving with a no decision, but the rising sophomore fired five innings, while allowing just one unearned run on one hit. Bach walked three and struck out four Lumberjacks. The 6-foot-7-inch lefty was removed from the game with the score tied 1-1.

Farish relieved his fellow Demon Deacon and eventually earned the victory on the hill. He threw three innings, while allowing two runs and striking out a whopping nine batters.

  The Turks dropped four runs over the sixth through eighth innings thanks to RBIs from three different players. The red-hot Tony Beam (UTSA) drove in a run with an RBI double in the sixth to put the Turks up 2-1. After Covington tied the game in the bottom half of the frame, Hunter Seay (Baylor), a versatile prospect from Baylor, drove in another run in the top half of the seventh to give Harrisonburg a 3-2 lead. Joe Lytle’s (OCU) two-run, bases loaded double in the top of the eighth gave the Turks a commanding 5-2 advantage.

Covington added one run in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 5-3 heading to the ninth. After the Turks went scoreless, the bullpen made sure the Turks were headed home with their longest win streak of the season.

Gregory, a young left-handed pitcher, relieved Farish in the ninth and closed the door on the Lumberjacks as he allowed just one baserunner and struck out two.

Up next, the Turks will host Staunton on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, go to Harrisonburgturks.com and click on “Listen Live” to hear the live webcast. Dave Norman and Bennett Conlin will be on the call.

Union Bank & Trust Pack the Park Night this Saturday, June 24th

Turk fans mark your calendars and make your plans now to come out on Saturday, June 24th to UNION BANK & TRUST Pack the Park Night as the Turks host the Charlottesville TomSox at Veterans Memorial Park. Game time is 7:30 pm. Be sure to get your sponsor coupon out of Friday, June 23rd Daily New Record for free admission to the game for your family…compliments of our generous sponsor UNION BANK & TRUST!

Union Bank & Trust, commonly referred to as Union, is the largest Virginia-based bank, with over 100 branches and approximately 200 ATMs. We offer morethan 100 years of community banking history and strong customer relationships. We strive to provide a more innovative style of banking along with the qualities and philosophy of community banking that our customers have come to know and trust. When you’re ready to bank better, bank at Union. Union has been a proud supporter of the Harrisonburg Turks for 20 years. Well wishes for a smashing season, Turks! Turk fans mark your calendars and make your plans now to come out on Saturday, June 24th to UNION BANK & TRUST Pack the Park Night as the Turks host the Charlottesville TomSox at Veterans Memorial Park. Game time is 7:30 pm. Be sure to get your sponsor coupon out of Friday, June 23rd Daily New Record for free admission to the game for your family…compliments of our generous sponsor UNION BANK & TRUST!



Fans Enjoy June is Dairy Night and a Turks Win

Written by Nathan Rishel
Staff Writer

Harrisonburg, VA – The Harrisonburg Turks (6-10) squared off against the Woodstock River Bandits (7-9) on a sunny Wednesday evening that saw a soar in attendance as fans enjoyed being special guests to “June is Dairy Month Pack the Park Night” compliments of twelve generous dairy sponsors with their coupon in the DNR.

The Turks had a rough beginning to the game, as second baseman Austin Embler gave up the first error on Woodstock’s first hit, allowing Danton Hyman to reach first. Two stolen bases and a second Harrisonburg error later, and the River Bandits went up 1-0. At the bottom of the first, Embler looked to rectify his fielding errors at bat, but fast defense by the River Bandits resulted in outs for both Embler and Ty Andrus, who had walked to first on four balls moments earlier.

In the following innings, the Turks cleaned up defensively and would commit no errors for the remainder of the contest. At the bottom of the third, shortstop Tevin Mitchell—whose speed and accuracy in throwing to first resulted in numerous putouts for Harrisonburg throughout the night—cranked one out of the park to level the score.

One inning later, third baseman Brendon Venter reached home on an unearned run after an error by the River Bandit’s second baseman to give the Turks a 2-1 advantage. After the lead change, Harrisonburg went on to score two runs in both of the next two innings while shutting Woodstock’s batting lineup down completely.

The seventh and top of the eighth inning did not change the scoreboard despite personnel changes for both teams; however, the Turks, having tasted blood, were eager to kill again and would claim three more runs to solidify the win.

Head coach Bob Wease elected to rely on substitute Hunter Seay to bolster Harrisonburg’s defense at the top of the eighth, and the outfielder exceeded expectations by hitting a hard grounder to left field for a double before sprinting to third on a wild pitch. Seay would go on to score and was followed by Tevin Mitchell for his second run of the night. Pinch-hitter Cade Bullinger was next to reach home with the bases loaded, but a putout at first for the third out prevented further damage to Woodstock.

The Turks began the ninth by bringing a new pitcher and catcher, Eric Yankey and Andrew Llewellyn respectively, into the game, resulting in three outs in quick succession and a final score of 9-1.

Elated by a two-game win streak, Harrisonburg will travel to face the Covington Lumberjacks Thursday night in hopes of a three-peat.