Braves Thrown A Curve

7/31/05 – Staunton News Leader

By Al Samuels Sports Writer HARRISONBURG — Arizona left-hander Brad Mills once again shut down Staunton’s offense Saturday night as the Harrisonburg Turks thrashed the Braves 7-1 in the opening game of their best-of-three Valley Baseball League quarterfinal series. Mills struck out 15 Braves during a complete-game effort last week, and he whiffed 13 during his seven-inning stint Saturday. He allowed one run on four hits and walked three to secure the win. "His curveball is so hard to adjust to," Staunton designated hitter Brandon Marsh said. "You can adjust to a slider, but his curve breaks just so far down. It’s nasty." "We are just not hitting the ball," Staunton manager Lance Mauck said. "But we have Jake (Rule) ready to go Sunday, and all we have to do is win two in a row to go on." The Braves’ offense has mustered just 17 hits in its past four games, all losses. The Turks put the game away with two big innings against Staunton starter Kori Wade. The Braves actually grabbed the lead during the first inning off Mills. Sean McCahill doubled to center with one out and moved to third on a grounder. Joe Angelberger, who led the Braves with two hits, came through with an RBI single to center for the 1-0 lead. But the roof caved in on Wade during the second and fourth innings. After two outs in the second, Jason Seefeld banged a solo homer to left to tie the game. A walk and back-to-back triples by Mike Obyc and Tony Thomas gave the Turks a 3-1 margin. Obyc doubled during the fourth with one out and later scored on a wild pitch. A hit batter and a walk brought Lucas Delong to the plate with two outs. Delong launched the first pitch over the fence in left-center for a three-run shot and a 7-1 advantage. "Kori just didn’t have it tonight," Mauck said. "But (today) is another game, and all we have to do is get hot for two games and we win the series." Obyc led the Turks’ offense with a 3-for-4 night. The Turks will start Eric Fussell in tonight’s Game 2. He’s 2-2 on the year with a 1.28 ERA. Staunton’s organization will have its year-end award festivities before the game because the final regular-season home contest was cancelled by rain. The Braves are 21-23 on the season, while the Turks move to 26-19. STAUNTON 100 000 000 — 1 5 0 HARRISONBURG 030 400 00x — 7 8 1 Wade, Svitak (4), Wells (6), Bedrosian (6), Miguelez (8) and Engelhardt. Mills, Dawson (8) and Sluder. W — Mills. L — Wade. HR — Seefeld (H) 2nd, none on; Delong (H) 4th, two on.