6/25/05 – Turks News
Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium was Booster Night sponsored by some loyal supportive businesses. Advantage Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, Nautilus Fitness, Atwell Family Chiropractic, Golden Corral, Dominos Pizza and the ThunderBird Diner sponsored the game inviting fans to be their special guests. Fans bringing the Booster Night Coupon from the Daily News Record were privileged to their entire family receiving FREE ADMISSION to the game compliments of our sponsors. Fans enjoyed lots and lots of giveaways throughout the night from these generous companies. Advantage Physical Therapy & Sports Performance located on Lucy Drive is the TURKS official Rehab Center. Bill Johnson and his staff are taking excellent care of the TURKS players this summer. They have a great year round programs for young athletes to improve their shape and fitnes; the A-Game and S.K.I.P. Call for more information. Nautilus Fitness Center located beside Advantage is the TURKS official work out center. Valerie and her staff make sure our TURKS are in the best physical shape to play their game. Join the TURKS team and the Nautilus staff in your quest to get in top physical condition. Call 433-3434 and set up your time to check out their state of the art facilities. Atwell Family chiropractic is the largest chiropractic center in the Harrisonburg Rockingham County area. Let Dr. Atwell and his great staff take care of all your aches and pains. Conveniently located at 1741 Virginia Avenue call 442-8294 and set up your free evaluation. Golden Corral Restaurant has been the TURKS official eatery for years. Bob Beers and his staff has had the awesome responsibility of making sure our TURKS eat the finest food in Harrisonburg. Since our players aren’t housed with host families, the TURKS organization buy meal tickets that enable the TURKS to have one good all you can eat meal a day. Located at 2335 E. Market Street the Golden Corral is open for your enjoyment seven days a week. Dominos Pizza has provided the TURKS fans with the yummiest pizza at any ball park in the league. With three convenient locations in town, Dominos Pizza should be everyone’s choice. Clay Clark has been successful with his renowned Hank’s Smokehouse Southern Grillery on Bloomer Springs Road in McGaheysville near the entrance to Massanutten Four Seasons Resort. Now he’s providing the community with another new eatery, The ThunderBird Diner also located in McGaheysville on Rt 33 East. Visit the ThunderBird Diner and check out their new delicious menu. The TURKS want to thank these generous businesses for their loyal support for TURKS baseball. We encourage everyone to check these companies out and patronize them with your business. Tell them that you appreciate their support for TURKS baseball! Before the start of the game the TURKS and their team mascot, ROCKO, recognized campers that attended this week’s Session I of the annual TURKS Baseball Camp. Thirty-eight campers had a full week of baseball instruction from Assistant Coach’s Mark McCaleb and Jeff Gregory and a number of TURKS players. Session II of camp starts Monday, June 27th-Friday, July 1st. 9:00-12:00 For $75.00 boys are given 15 hours of basic fundamental baseball instruction. Campers work on their hitting, fielding, sliding, base running, pitching and game situations. Space is still available so just show up bright and early on Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Stadium and be ready to play and learn all the baseball you want. Don’t miss out on a great week of baseball, baseball, and more baseball. Our big Booster Night was a great way to wind up a long four game home stand at Veterans Memorial Stadium this week. Of course the best part was for the TURKS (10-9) to get a huge win over southern division rival the Staunton Braves (10-9). The TURKS now hit the road on Saturday, June 25th in Winchester (6-13) and then face the Luray Wranglers (11-8) at Bull Dog Park on Sunday, June 26th. They’ll have a much needed day off on Monday, June 27th. This week was a time of highs and lows. The TURKS lost their leading hitter, first baseman, Clinton Robinson of Troy State. Clint was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night during the Waynesboro game. He broke a bone in his left hand and is out for the season. It will be difficult to replace Clint’s .349 batting average in 63 AB, 10 runs, 22 hits, 11 doubles, 1 home run and 20 RBI’s as well as his great defense on the field. We also lost outfielder Ricky Feliz. Ricky felt his family needed him at home. His grandfather is having heart by-pass surgery on Monday. We wish Mr. Feliz a speedy recovery and will keep the Feliz family in our prayers. Ricky had a .180 BA in 50 AB, 9 runs, 9 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s and 4-5 stolen bases. The season is a short eight weeks but a lot of great friendships are made during that time. We enjoyed having Clint and Ricky as members of the 2005 TURKS. We appreciate their hard work and contribution to the team. We wish them continued success in their baseball careers. In the loss of some players we picked up a few new ones; Scott Cousins, LHP/OF from the University of San Francisco Dons arrived in Harrisonburg and made an immediate impact. He shared last week’s VBL Honors with Clinton Robinson as Co-Players of the Week and also was named the TURKS Texas Steakhouse Player of the Week 2. Scott already has a .395 BA in 10 games and 43 AB with 7 runs, 17 hits, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 6 RBI’s and 4-4 stolen bases. With an ailing Matt Sluder, catcher from James Madison University, we brought in Matt Denker, catcher from Eastern Arizona University. In his first game last night Denker was 1-4. The TURKS will be back at home next week: Wednesday vs the Haymarket Battlecats (8-11) Thursday vs the Front Royal Cardinals (7-11) Friday vs the Woodstock River Bandits (7-12) Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium adjacent to HHS. COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR HARRISONBURG TURKS!