Late Inning Offense Powers Turks
By: Adam Cherry Player/Intern
It was a humid, overcast day in Aldie, Virginia. Not even the impeding thunderstorm warning could keep the teams off the field. The Turks are looking to get back on the winning side of the score column after a tough late inning loss last night to Charles Town. Tonight, the Turks are taking on the Aldie Senators. JR Holloway (Duke) was handed the ball for the Turks, while Luke Simpson received the ball for the Senators.
The Turks were able to capitalize in the first inning on a few bad bounces in the infield. Daniel Nichols (Georgia) drew a walk. Nichols advanced to third on a single that bounced over the short stop by Matt Rose (Georgia State). Eric Kalbfliesh (UNCG) who smoked another ball that bounced over the second basemen brought Nichols home. Jesse Baker (UTSA) then ripped a ball into the left center gap to score Rose from second. The Turks took a commanding lead after the first half inning, 2-0.
Holloway ran into trouble in the second inning. Joseph Consolmagno scored Weber Pike to push the Turks lead to one. Kyle Corwin worked a walk to bring up Reece Strong with runners on first and third. Joseph Consolmagno scored to tie the game on a passed ball from Halloway.
The Turks regained the lead in the fifth inning. The inning started with a lead off walk to Daniel Nichols. Matt Rose smashed a single to right center moving Nichols to third. Eric Kalbfliesh hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Nichols to give the Turks a 3-2 lead. Jesse Baker was the next hitter and he was able to work a walk to put runners on first and second. The Senators decided to replace Simpson with one out in the fifth inning. The Senators placed Hunter Rice on the mound to calm the Turks attack. The first pitch to Luke Czajkowski got by the catcher, which advanced Rose and Baker to second and third. Czajkowski ripped the next pitch to the short stop who bobbled and dropped the ball allowing Rose to score from third. Baker helped increase the lead when he scored on a passed ball to Steven McLean (Baylor). The Turks now led 5-2.
Tremayne Toorie worked a walk in the bottom of the fifth. USC Buford then smacked a ground ball to Rose at third. The ball took three weird bounces over his glove and allowed Toorie to score from first. USC was the next hitter and he ripped a line drive into right field to put runners on first and third. Holloway then walked the next batter to load the bases. The Turks decided to dive into their bullpen and brought out Luke Scherzer from Virginia Tech. Scherzer was able to limit the Senators to only one run. The score was now 5-4.
The Senators got two runner into scoring position in the sixth inning. Tremayne Toorie hit a ground ball to the Turks second basemen to score the runner from third to tie the game at five.
The Turks were able to score off the Senators reliever. With the bases loaded, Daniel Nichols was hit by a pitch on the foot. The bases were still loaded for Matt Rose and he worked a walk as well. Eric Kalbfleisch hit a base hit off the pitcher to score another run. Jesse Baker was the next hitter and he looped a base hit into center field to score another run. The Senators went into their bullpen again and brought out Reece Strong. Mitch Matulia (UTSA) crushed a bases loaded double to clear the bases. The Turks pounded the pitching in the eighth inning. The score was now 12-5.
The Turks continued to pound the Senators bullpen in the ninth. The final score of tonight’s contest was 15-5. Luke Scherzer receives the win while Nick Beaulac gets the loss.