Turks Smack Bandits

7/23/04 – Daily News Record

By MIKE BARBER Daily News-Record WOODSTOCK – Some teams let up with a big lead. The Harrisonburg Turks explode. Already leading the Woodstock River Bandits 8-0 Thursday, Harrisonburg erupted for an eight-run seventh inning en route to a 16-0 win in a Valley League baseball game. "It snowballed," Turks manager Bob Wease said. "We just seem to play very good against Woodstock. I don’t know why that is." Joe Kemp (Indiana) went 3-for-6 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the third inning for the Turks. Harrisonburg pounded out 16 hits – including six extra-base hits – in support of starter Tim Gudex. Not that Gudex needed that big a margin. The Iowa left-hander threw a complete-game shutout, scattering seven hits and striking out nine, including four in the last two innings. Gudex said the big lead let him settle in and challenge Woodstock’s hitters. "You can just go out and throw your game," Gudex said. "You don’t have to be too fine." At 26-12, Harrisonburg has the best record in the league heading into the final week of the regular season. In their big seventh inning, the Turks showed why, sending 12 men to the plate. Ryan Parker (Indiana) hit a two-run double and Ryan Gotcher (Southwest Missouri State) had an RBI triple in the frame, as all but one member of Harrisonburg’s lineup scored before Woodstock ended the inning. Gotcher finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Woodstock skipper Ricky Ware saw his 18-20 team fall to 0-5 against Harrisonburg on the year. Why? "They have a solid squad," he said. "They hit real well, field real well and pitch real well." Thursday night, they certainly did. Harrisonburg 103 202 800 – 16 16 0 Woodstock 000 000 000 – 0 7 1 Gudex and Sluder; Duncan, Anderson, Neal and Albernaz. W- Gudex. L- Duncan. HR- Kemp.