Hartman, Turks Defeat Generals 7-2

WP: Hartman (1-0)- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks

LP: Foltyn (0-1)- 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks

WAYNESBORO, Va., June 14, 2015 – Matt Hartman allowed only two hits over 6 scoreless innings and the offense provided plenty of run support as the Turks defeated the Generals 7-2 at Kate Collins Field in Waynesboro on Sunday night.

With the wMatt Hartman 2015 win against Waynesboroin, the Turks rise to 6-3 on the year and stay in second place in the South division while dropping Waynesboro to 4-4.

Hartman (1-0) struck out seven over six innings, marking the first time this season that a Harrisonburg starter has gone more than five innings this season. Patrick Wiseman and Jared Datoc tossed a scoreless inning each, striking out one and two respectively. James Ziemba allowed two runs in the final frame but struck out the side to end the game.

Matt Hartman Arizona win against WaynesboroThe Turks’ offense put up seven runs for the second consecutive night and tallied double-digit hits for the fifth time in nine games on the year. Tyler Straub announced his presence loud and clear, hitting three doubles and scoring two runs in a 3-for-5 performance. Shane Billings (one RBI), Jared Baker (two RBIs) and Kameron Esthay (one RBI) each finished with two hits and a run scored.

Connor Foltyn took the mound for the Generals, but struggled through three innings. With his defense committing two errors in a four-run 2nd inning, only two of his five runs allowed were earned.

Waynesboro’s offense got a respectable seven hits off of Turks pitching but never truly threatened to score until the ninth inning. Imani Willis and Kevin Phillips led the team with two hits and a run batted in each.

After a scoreless first, the Turks broke through in the second for four runs. After a double by Straub and a single by Esthay, a grounder by J.J. Bissell to Waynesboro 2nd baseman was mishandled and Straub scored giving the Turks their first run. Then two batters later, Shane Billings crushed a triple to the fence scoring Esthay and Bissell extending the lead to 3-0. The final run of the innings would come on a throwing error by the General’s third baseman on a grounder by Tripp Shelton.

In a “that’s something you don’t see everyday” moment in the 3rd, Jared Baker and Kameron Esthay roped back-to-back triples to score one more and extend the lead to 5-0.

The Turks had their final offensive outbreak in the 5th inning. Joe Lytle slapped a leadoff single to center and was moved to third by a Tyler Straub double two batters later. Baker would go on to knock both Lytle and Straub in with a single, bringing the Turks to their final run total of seven.

The Generals finally got on the board in the bottom of the ninth with a single, walk and single to lead off the inning. A single by Willis would score Kevin Fagan to bring the Generals within 5. James Ziemba would close the door with a strikeout of Ryan Coale, Ziemba’s third K of the inning, to secure the Turks win.

The Turks return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Staunton following an off day tomorrow.