Turks Off To 3-1 Start

6/11/04 – By Aaron Gray, Daily News-Record

Harrisonburg Beats Woodstock By AARON GRAY Daily News-Record Harrisonburg second baseman Corby Heckman couldn’t remember how many home runs he hit this year for Indiana University. "Five … maybe six," said Heckman, one of four Hoosier imports playing for the Turks this summer. "It’s not something I’m used to." Heckman’s lead-off home run in the sixth inning was the exclamation point in Harrisonburg’s 6-3 victory over Woodstock in a Valley League baseball game Thursday in front of 350 fans at Memorial Stadium. The Turks improved to 3-1; the River Bandits fell to 2-3. Harrisonburg’s Nick Pereria pitched six innings, gave up one unearned run and recorded nine strikeouts in his first victory of the year. "Not bad for a non-starter in college," Turks manager Bob Wease said about the University of San Francisco junior. In the third inning, Harrisonburg center fielder Reggie Watson hit a double off the wall in right-center field that scored two runs. Watson was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. "Reggie is from the old-school," said Wease. "He hustles, he dives, he gets dirty – that’s what you have to do to win." While trying to run down a home run hit by Woodstock left fielder Tim McKay in the eighth, Watson’s right hand caught a sharp piece of metal sticking out of the fence in center field. "It’s all right; I just have to get a tetanus shot tomorrow," said Watson. Turks left fielder Kevin Koski added a double and a single. First baseman Jay Barnes was 2-for-3 to lead the River Bandits. Woodstock 000 100 020 – 3 9 2 Harrisonburg 003 001 20X – 6 6 2 Pereria, Brune (7) and Diaz; Anderson, Mallory (6) and Albernaz. W – Pereria (1-0); L – Anderson (0-1). Sv – Brune (1). HRs: H – Heckman (1); W – McKay (2).