Turks Player of Week 2 – Emblers’ Hot Bat Earns Him Honors

In a week that featured some wild finishes, some extra innings and true resilience the one constant and calming bat that helped the Harrisonburg Turks secure a few key wins was Austin Embler (UNC-Greensboro, senior).

Embler just joined the team this week making his first start on June 11 vs. Covington at second base and has not relinquished that spot since. For good reason too, Embler is seeing the ball and coming up with clutch hit after clutch hit and is one of the few consistent bats in the lineup.

This week Embler recorded five RBIs, one of which being a walk-off RBI, He’s found the alley twice and recorded two triples, and one of those was in the bottom of the 11th on a must-win game. Altogether Embler was on base 50% of the time and recorded a stellar batting average at .478.

Another big performer this week that secured an honorable mention was RHP Kyle Arjona (University of New Orleans, senior). Arjona played in two games making one start and securing a win against the Waynesboro Generals on June 16.

Arjona was lights out from start to finish. He pitched eight innings and only allowed 1 earned run. In his start he struck out nine and didn’t walk a single batter he faced. On the week he struck out ten, pushing his season K/BB ratio to 16:1.

Overall the Turks finished this last week with a solid 4-2 record and travel to Charlottesville tonight at a shot at first in the south.

As an entire team the Turks lost their mojo halfway through the week but in two must-win games against Staunton and Waynesboro, Harrisonburg dug deep and was able to pull out big team wins.

Congratulations to Austin Embler for securing week two player of the week honors and to Arjona from bringing home the honorable mention.

The Turks look to start to be able to put things together in this third week of play and secure themselves among the top of the south division as well as the Valley Baseball League.

Turks Player of the Week 1 Whelton Opens Strong for Turks

In a week that began with a big hit to seal the Turks Opening Night win, Brett Whelton showed everyone his talent and potential.

Just 19 years old, (He’ll be 20 on Saturday) the rising Junior from McNeese State posted three multi-hit games, drove in five runs and played solidly behind the plate. Whelton hit .444 for the week and was on base 50% of the time.

Whelton wasn’t the only Turk off to a solid hitting start. Luke Nussman (Shenandoah), Zach Little (Wingate), Grant Van Scoy (Indiana), Kyle Johnson (Ryder) and Paul Castillo (Eastern Florida) all hit .300 or better in a 3-2 week for the team. The team batted .283 for the week averaging over 6 runs per game.

On the mound, the arm talent is evident as well. Kyle Arjona (New Orleans), Jake Brace and Joseph Mannelly (Georgia Tech) all pitched well in starting roles. The team ERA for the week was a tidy 3.21.

Returning Turks Cade Bullinger (Midland College) and Luke Scherzer (VA Tech) were joined by Rafe Schindler (New Orleans), Josh Karklin (Wingate), Daniel Brandon (Longwood), Kevin Mintz (UNC-Wilmington) with ept relief efforts.

Defensively the Turks opened with three errorless ballgames with a range of stellar plays from a variety of players.

Congratulations to Brett Whelton for winning Turks POTW for Week 1 and “At a Boy” to the others who had solid weeks as Turks!

Matt Young POTW 8

Turks PoTW Week 8

Congratulations to RHP Matt Young (Oklahoma City) being named Turks Player of the Week 8. Young pitched well for the Turks in the final week of the season. In two starts Young threw 11 innings, took a no decision and a tough-luck 2-1 loss for an 0-1 record.   He allowed just 8 hits, one earned run, striking out 13 and walking 5.

Young will be a senior for Oklahoma City where he had an undefeated regular season this year suffering his only loss in the NAIA World Series. Matt was solid in his two summers with the Turks and wish him all the best in his baseball and other pursuits.

Joe Lytle Player of the Week 7

Congratulations to Joe Lytle in being named Turks Player of the Week 7. In four games last week, Joe Lytle (Oklahoma City) smacked eight hits in his 17 at-bats to record a .471 batting average. Three of Lytle’s eight hits went for extra bases, including a game-winning, three-run homer against the Front Royal Cardinals. With the fantastic week, Lytle has raised his batting average to a respectable .310 on the season. 

Jacob Ramos Player of the Week 6

Turks pitcher Jacob Ramos fired four shutout innings and earned a victory last week to garner Turks Player of the Week honors. Ramos used a debilitating fastball and slider combination to strike out eight of his 15 batters faced, while allowing just two hits and two walks over that span. He’s been lights out in his last five appearances as the electric right-hander has thrown 8.2 shutout innings and struck out 15 after a couple of rough early season outings.