Turks Drop Opener

6/3/2006 – Daily News Record

Daily News Record Written By Matthew Stoss Special Correspondent Staunton – A guy named Murphy has this law that says everything that can go wrong will go wrong. After Opening Night, the Harrisonburg Turks probably don’t care much for Murphy or his law. Friday, the Turks committed six errors, were no-hit from the second to the eighth inning and, on top of it all, had to deal with a mid-game shower. The result: an 11-3 loss to the Staunton Braves at John Moxie Stadium to kick off the Valley League’s 52nd year. "That’s just how it rolls sometimes." Harrisonburg Manager Bob Wease said. The short-handed Turks – only 12 of Harrisonburg’s 28 rostered players were in uniform – gave up seven unearned runs, including five in the first three innings, while Staunton (1-0) gave up none behind starting pitcher Taylor Davis. The right-hander from Panola College cruised through six innings of two-hit baseball, one of which was a two-run home run by Turks’ shortstop Bobby Spain in the first inning. "It was a low-inside fastball and I dropped the barrel on it and it went," Spain said. Davis settled down to strike out eight and pick up the win. "He’s a good athlete," Wease said. "We had our chances to get to him, but we didn’t start getting hits ’till the seventh or eighth inning." The Turks (0-1) will look to avoid Murphy and his law today when they host Covington at Memorial Stadium. Harrisonburg 200 000 001 – 3 6 6 Staunton 002 000 51x -11 11 1 Och, Butts, Wells and Harrigan; Davis Sexton and Kearney. W-Davis – L-Ochs. HR – (H) Spain; (S) Keowen, Davis.