WP: Morton (1-1)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BBs, 3 Ks
LP: Perkins (1-1)- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BBs, 5 Ks
S: Datoc (1)
STAUNTON, Va., June 23, 2015 – The Harrisonburg Turks managed to squeak past the league-leading Staunton Braves by a score of 5-3 despite being out-hit 9 to 4 at Gypsy Hill Park Tuesday night.
With one on and one out in the 6th inning, Tyler Straub hit a grounder to second base. The fielder threw home in an attempt to gun Jared Baker at the plate but the throw was too late and the Turks took their first lead of the night at 2-1. The run was the only earned run of the night for the Turks and the play proved to be a turning point in the ball game as Braves relief pitcher Garrett Cave would go on from there to allow two more runs in the inning.
With their fourth win in a row, the Turks (10-5) are now only two games back of the Braves (12-3) in the Valley Baseball League’s South division.
Jared Datoc’s performance out of the bullpen was truly a game changer. The Georgia Tech righty struck out three over 2.1 innings while earning his first save of the season. Kale Morton set the tone early however, tossing five innings of one-run baseball. The lefty out of Arizona has yet to allow an earned run through 15.1 innings this season. Patrick Wiseman bridged Morton and Datoc, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.
Straub led the Turks’ offensive efforts on a night where hits were not easy to come by. The third baseman out of UTSA went 1-for-3 with walk, run scored and a run batted in. Billings and Bissell accounted for the other two RBIs but neither recorded a hit in the contest.
Possibly the most impressive stat by the Turks on the night were the nine walks drawn, a season high.
Jake Perkins got the start on the mound for the Braves but suffered from a bit of bad luck thanks to only one of his three runs allowed being earned. Garrett Cave and Parker Johnson allowed an unearned run each with Aaron Hooven working a scoreless frame in between them.
William and Mary’s Josh Smith did his best to carry the Staunton run-scoring effort with a 2-for-4 effort. The leftfielder chipped in a walk, two runs scored and two runs batted in but it just wasn’t enough.
A victory when you are out-hit by five and commit five errors is extremely rare but the we’ll will certainly take it on this night.
The Turks return to the diamond tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Northern Division to take on the Aldie Senators for this first time this season. Go Turks!