Turks Survive Wranglers

7/21/04 – Daily News Record

By AARON GRAY Daily News-Record LURAY — The injuries are starting to stack up for the Turks, so the infield had some new faces Tuesday. Not a problem The new infield didn’t commit an error and designated hitter Cameron Clarke hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season as Harrisonburg escaped Luray with a 4-3 victory in front of 367 fans in a Valley League baseball game. "We got a lot of hurt guys, but we still know how to fight," said Turks coach Bob Wease, whose Southern Division-leading team has won four straight. The loss snapped a four-game home winning streak for the Wranglers (20-16). First baseman Joe Kemp (Indiana) and catcher Matt Weglarz (Southwest Missouri State) led off the fourth with consecutive base hits before Clarke sent a 2-1 pitch from Luray starter Danny Borne (Middle Tennessee State) over the fence in center field. "Their infield was playing in, so I just wanted to get something in the air," said Clarke (Oklahoma City), who had missed the last four games because of a sore ankle. "It was a good situation with two runners on." Weglarz went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Kemp added two singles to lead the Turks (23-12) on offense. Harrisonburg starter Pat Caldwell (Yavapai Community College) started the game hot, retiring 15 of the first 17 batters he faced. The left-hander fanned nine and gave up only two hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his third victory of the season, but he ran into some trouble in the seventh frame. Turks reliever Adam Weber (Southern Illinois) came in for Caldwell after he loaded the bases on a hit batsman and consecutive walks. Luray shortstop Brian Bocock (Stetson) hit a fielder’s choice to score outfielder Dee Brown (Central Florida) and shortstop Jermaine Smith (Florida College), cutting the deficit to 4-2. The Wranglers added another run in the eighth off an RBI-single from first baseman Donnie Burkholder (Cumberland), but it was too late as Weber held on for his second save of the season. Burkholder hit a deep shot to left-center in the sixth, but left fielder Jeff Halbert (Rollins) made a leaping catch at the wall to end the threat. "We gave up a three-run homer that just cleared the wall," said Luray coach Mike Bocock. "We needed two more feet with Donnie’s hit — it was that much of a difference between winning and losing." Harrisonburg 100 300 000 – 4 7 0 Luray 000 000 110 – 3 3 1 Caldwell, Weber (7) and Weglarz; Borne, Carrico (6) and Torres. W – Caldwell (3-2); L – Borne (2-3). Sv – Weber (2). HR: H – Clarke (4).