Harrisonburg Drops Critical Game in Waynesboro

W: Eric Stout (4-1)
L: Joe Charest (5-2)

The Turks lost control of the Valley League Southern Division on Tuesday night by failing to win a key game on the road against the Waynesboro Generals.

Harrisonburg (24-13) hadn’t played since Saturday night’s home win over Covington, but their fresh legs were short lived. After left fielder Ryan Brown took first place on a walk and was subsequently driven in by second baseman Thomas Smith on the next at bat, the Turks failed to register another run for the rest of the night. Other than Smith’s (1 of 4, 1 RBI) triple, only three hits were recorded for the visiting Turks.

Turks starter Joe Charest got beat up early, allowing a solo shot to Waynesboro left fielder Brandon Murray in the bottom of the second and a grand slam to first baseman Jacob Hoyle one inning later. Ace closer Shawn O’Neill was brought in after Charest had allowed the Generals’ total five runs and pitched scoreless baseball for the final six innings. Charest’s deficit, however, would never quite be overcome.

Eric Stout earned the win for Waynesboro (24-11). He received adequate run support early on in the contest– Murray was 2 of 4 with an RBI– and struck out five while walking only three.

Charest recorded just one strikeout.

Harrisonburg and Waynesboro entered this game in a statistical tie for the lead in the VBL South. Waynesboro will now take a one game edge into the final week of play.