VBL All Valley League Teams Named; Billings Named MVP

Billings and Crew Stand in the Gateway 

By Dave Norman
Turks Play by Play Announcer
billings powIt was very clear to Turks coaches, teammates and fans early in the season that Turks leadoff hitter and centerfielder Shane Billings (Wingate) was a special athlete with budding abilities.

Shane made the league take notice as well and his terrific season has been recognized with the 2015 Valley Baseball League Most Valuable Player Award.

Billings led the league in batting (.418), hits (64), runs (45) and tied for the league stolen base crown (21). A converted infielder, Shane continued the legacy of great players to patrol centerfield for the Harrisonburg Turks. That is an article unto itself.

The scary part for opposing pitchers is that Shane has only scratched the surface of his baseball potential. Congratulations to Shane and best wishes on another great season at Wingate and for the Turks! Read more

Turks’ Season Ends 3-2

By Nick Sunderland
Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG – Bob Wease is as passionate as can be when it comes to baseball, and the Harrisonburg Turks’ longtime manager absolutely hates losing.

Choked up and with tears in his eyes, Wease – a Valley Baseball League fixture – stood speechless near the home dugout at Veterans Memorial Park following the Turks’ 3-2 season ending loss Friday night to the Waynesboro Generals.

Then, one by one, Harrisonburg’s players came by to exchange hugs with Wease and individually thank him for his time and efforts  this summer.

Though the Turks had again failed to advance in the VBL playoffs – Waynesboro won the series, 2-1, as Harrisonburg was eliminated in the first round for a third straight year – the moment was a brief reminder of what keeps the 71 year old Wease coming back to coach season after season.

“That’s the only reason I do it, you know?” an emotional Wease said in reference to the new relationships he builds each season. The 14th year manager then paused for a moment to compose himself. “I probably won’t see a lot of these guys again. But that’s what summer ball’s about. Some of ’em will go on to play pro baseball, and some of ’em will go on to teach, coach, whatever. That’s just the way it is.” Read more

Turks Lose 3-2 to Waynesboro, Drop Series 2-1

WP: Horkey (4-1)- 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
LP: McCoy (3-2)- 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
S: Romano (6)

HARRISONBURG, Va., July 31, 2015 – The 2015 Turks season has come to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Waynesboro Generals at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night.

After a slow start by both teams, Waynesboro was first to strike in the fourth. Jeremy Taylor got things started with a one-out single off of Turks starter Tucker McCoy. During the next at-bat, Taylor took off for and stole second base and moved to third on a throwing error by Eric Garcia behind the plate. Joseph Garcia then singled to bring him home, giving the Generals a 1-0 lead.

With the win the Generals take the series, 2-1 and advance to the Valley Baseball League semifinals where they will face the winner of the Staunton-Covington series. The Turks finish the year with a 30-16 record including the regular season and the playoffs. Read more

Do-Or-Die Tonight For Turks

Gens Beat Burg, 5-4

By Nick Sunderland
Daily New-Record

WAYNESBORO – The Harrisonburg Turks are one loss away from making a third consecutive first-round exit from the Valley Baseball League playoffs. In the opinion of Waynesboro center fielder Jeremy Taylor, such a fate might be just fine with the Turks.

Taylor – an East Tennessee State rising senior – plated Thursday night’s tie breaking run on an eighth-inning drag bunt up the first base line as the third-seeded Generals beat No. 2 seed Harrisonburg 5-4 at Kate Collins Field to force a winner-take-all match up in the teams’ best-of-three series.

“I mean, we’re pretty motivated. We feel like Harrisonburg’s trying to give (the series) to us, so we’re gong to take it,” said Taylor, who – when asked by a reporter to expound on his comments – added, “I mean, their play speaks for itself.”

Harrisonburg will hot Game 3 at Veterans Memorial Park today at 7:30 pm with James Madison left-hander Tucker McCoy starting on the mound. Read more

Turks Comeback Falls Short, Series Tied 1-1

WAYNESBORO, Va., July 30, 2015 – The Waynesboro Generals beat the Harrisonburg Turks 5-4 at Kate Collins Field on Thursday to even the South division first round playoff series at 1-1. Three Generals relievers combined to throw 2.2 scoreless innings grabbing the win and the save in the process.

The Waynesboro offense started the scoring early on. In the first inning, against Turks starter Kale Morton (Arizona), Chris Cook (East Tennessee State) hit a one out double and was brought home by a single by Clayton Taylor (Nebraska Omaha), 1-0 Generals. It was still 1-0 Generals in the third inning when Cook doubled and Kevin Phillips (East Tennessee State) walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Then Taylor lined a single to right center field scoring Cook from second, then a misplay by the Turks right fielder Jesse Baker (Texas–San Antonio) allowed Phillips to score and Taylor to move to second making the score 3-0 Generals. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Turks starter Kale Morton still in the ballgame. The Generals Jeremy Taylor (East Tennessee State) singled to right to make it 4-0 Generals. The Turks rallied to tie it at 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but in that bottom of the seventh with Phillips at third, Jeremy Taylor executed a successful safety squeeze to allow Phillips to score, giving the Generals 5-4 lead. A score they would eventually win by. Read more