Jacks Take Down the Turks 4-2 to Force Game 3
COVINGTON, V.a.—It was a night of frustrations for the Harrisonburg Turks as they could not overcome an early 3-0 deficit to the Covington Lumberjacks and lost the Valley Baseball League playoffs quarterfinal game two 4-2 to the ‘jacks.
After the Turks went 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Lumberjacks put together a hit by pitch and string of hits highlighted by an RBI single from Hayden Platt (Broward) to put up a three spot in the opening frame. Boone Mokry (UT-San Antonio), the Turks starter, was able to prevent any further damage despite having some shaky defense behind him.
The ‘Jacks three runs in the first would end up being enough although the Turks still fought until the end. Read more
Castellenos Outduels Krivijanski for 1-0 Quarterfinal LeadBy Chase Kiddy | Harrisonburg Turks Staff Writer
W: Castellenos (2-1)
L: Krivijanski (1-1)
S: Brett Morgan (4)
The Turks opened the 2014 Valley League playoffs with a vintage Harrisonburg performance, beating the Covington Lumberjacks on Tuesday night thanks to dominant pitching from starter Ryan Castellenos and timely hitting from infielders Matt Rose, Thomas Smith and Daniel Nichols.
Shelton Earns his First Decision of the Season; Turks on Brink of Second Consecutive PennantBy Chase Kiddy | Harrisonburg Turks Staff Writer
W: Tanner Shelton (1-0)
L: Garrett Kelly (3-2)
The Turks reached the precipice of their second straight Valley League pennant on Friday night, dropping five runs on New Market in the bottom of the fifth and earning their 28th win of the season in a wire-to-wire win over the Rebels.
Tonight, July 25, is the last Family Fun Night of the Turks’ 2014 regular season! Bring the whole family out to enjoy the many games and prizes that will be available before and during the game, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Med Express.
Harrisonburg (27-13) only has two home games left before the playoffs begin, so come out and support the Turks as they attempt to clinch the 2014 Valley League pennant! Friday’s home game is against the cross-town rival New Market Rebels; Saturday’s regular season home finale is against the Covington Lumberjacks.
The Turks are the hottest team in the Valley right now, having won eight of their last ten games. First baseman Daniel Nichols, second baseman Thomas Smith, third baseman Matt Rose and right fielder Luke Czajkowski are all hitting over .300 on the season, and a fifth player (left fielder Eric Kalbfleisch) is hitting .297!
With a win on Friday, the Turks inch closer to the 30-win milestone, which they could attain if they sweep through their weekend schedule. A win against New Market on Friday could potentially clinch the pennant, depending on the outcome of the games featuring Front Royal (hosting Woodstock) and Staunton (at Covington). Otherwise, Harrisonburg’s two games with Covington this weekend will decide who the regular season champion is.
Tonight, Tanner Shelton will be awarded his third start of the season. Shelton is still looking for his first decision of the year, but has piled up 18 strikeouts through 22 2/3 innings.
Come out and support the Harrisonburg Turks in their final two regular season games! Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Park.
Turks Sweep Double Header
By: Adam Cherry Player/ Intern
New Market- The Turks were back on the road once again, as they traveled to New Market to face the Rebels. Harrisonburg posted a road win Wednesday night against Aldie after scoring late in the game. Kevin Lewallyn (Duke) was given the ball in the first of two seven-inning games. Starting on the mound for the Rebels was Sean Cunningham.
The Turks started a two-out rally in the first inning. Daniel Nichols (Georgia) worked himself a walk before Matt Rose (Georgia State) was hit on the first pitch he saw to place runners on first and second. Eric Kalbfliesh (UNCG) roped a line drive up the middle to score Nichols from second. After the first half-inning, it was 1-0.
Joey Roach (Georgia State) started the second inning with a double. Steven McLean (Baylor) followed behind Roach with a walk. Thomas Smith (Georgia State) continued his hot hitting with a double, scoring Roach from second and moving McLean to third. Read more