W: Trey Cochran-Gill (4-0)
L: Taylor Rakes (1-2)
It might have been 102 degrees outside, but the heat was powerless to stop the Turks from willing themselves to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Woodstock Riverbandits.
Trey Cochran-Gill started for the Turks (19-11) and was as sharp as ever. He retired six and walked only two batters in 6 1/3 innings, becoming the second among a distinguished pool of Turks to earn a fourth win. He remains without a loss.
Cochran-Gill got plenty of run support from a masterful third inning by Harrisonburg. Brian Yeung knocked a home run just over the center field wall, kicking off a 5-run inning that would constitute the majority of the Turks’ offense. All-Star second baseman Thomas Smith led the team with a 2/4, 3-RBI output on Saturday night; left fielder Ryan Brown and catcher AJ Murray also tallied two hits.
Taylor Rakes took the loss for Woodstock (14-17). Rakes started out strong, not allowing any hits in either of the first two innings, but was on the mound for Harrisonburg’s explosive third inning. He recorded two of the Bandits’ seven strikeouts.
Woodstock first baseman Ethan Williams led the visitors with two hits and one RBI.
The Valley League enters the All-Star break now. Six Harrisonburg Turks will compete in a game featuring the Valley’s best tomorrow night in Front Royal. The Turks will host their next home game Thursday, July 12 when Rockbridge visits Veterans Memorial Park for a double-header starting at 6PM.