Weekend Recap: Turks keeping pace with Staunton

Last night’s 1-2 matchup between first-place Staunton and Harrisonburg was postponed because of weather. In lieu of a game story, here’s a recap of the Turks’ weekend festivities:

Friday: The Turks had difficulties closing out rival New Market at home, but even a six-run rally in the eighth and ninth innings couldn’t push the Rebels past the 9-1 lead Harrisonburg had piled up by the sixth inning. Turks pitcher Connor Kaden earned his first win of the season; second baseman Andy Perez finished 2 of 4 with 3 RBI.


Saturday: Perez was brilliant again, going 3 for 3 with an RBI down in Rockbridge, but the Rapids carved up the Turk’s pitching to the tune of 13 hits as Harrisonburg lost 7-4. Rockbridge is 3-0 against Harrisonburg, and 2-7 against all other teams.


Sunday: Deadlocked in a 3-3 extra-innings battle in Waynesboro, Harrisonburg broke through thanks to a solo shot from catcher Connor Lynch that led off the 11th inning as well as the triumphant return of former Turks hero Chris Pike. Pike played a major part in the Turks’ championship run during the 2012 playoffs and led the VBL in saves for a majority of last summer; on Sunday night, Pike pitched the final 4 2/3 innings in  shutout fashion and earned a win in his first appearance of the summer.


Monday: On the day he was named Turks Player of the Week, Perez — this time playing third base — went on another tear against New Market to bookend a 3-1 weekend for the Turks. Perez went 3 for 5 with an RBI and 3 runs plated. Perez was one of six Turks to post a multi-hit game on Monday night, the others being center fielder John Welborn, left fielder Eric Kalbfleisch, first baseman Mike Warren, shortstop RJ Perucki and catcher Josh Clark, who finished with a game-high 3 RBI. Brett Morgan improved his record to 2-2 after 3 1/3 innings in middle relief.


Tuesday’s game in Staunton was postponed to July 11. Harrisonburg and Staunton have both won three games since last Friday; only the Woodstock River Bandits have won more games (4) in that time period. Woodstock is 8-2; Staunton is 10-3.

Harrisonburg (7-5) was chasing New Market (7-6) last week, but with two head-to-head wins in four days, Harrisonburg is now in second-place in the southern division and half a game ahead of the Rebels. The Turks still trail Staunton by 2.5 games.

Harrisonburg is scheduled to play the Aldie Senators on Wednesday evening, and return to Veterans Memorial Park for a three-game home stand on Thursday, June 20.