Jesse Baker’s Walk-Off Single Gives Turks 5-4 Win

WP: Herbelin (1-0)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

LP: Kelly (1-3)- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

HARRISONBURG, Va., July 1, 2015 – The Turks got a full game in without rain rearing its ugly head and what a game it was as Harrisonburg defeats the New Market Rebels 5-4 thanks to Jesse Baker’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th.

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, the Turks had no one on base against Rebels reliever Ryan Kelly. Back-to-back walks to Shane Billings and Tripp Shelton as well as an infield single by Tyler Straub quickly loaded the bases for Baker. Then, with a 1-0 count, he took the pitch right back up the middle to score Billings and give the Turks a 5-4 win.

With the victory the Turks improve their league-best record to 15-6 while the Rebels fall to 10-13 on the season.

Starting pitcher Jordan Meyer (1-3) turned in a quality start for the Turks after scattering three runs (two earned) on six hits over 7 innings. Patrick Herbelin (1-0) was tasked with pitching in relief and pitched well enough to earn the win, allowing only one unearned run in two innings.

New Market got on the board first in the top of the 4th. P.J. DeMeo led off with a single, advanced to second on a Kevin Woodall single, moved to third on a passed ball and ultimately scored on an RBI groundout by Connor Gunn to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.

Rebels starter JD Waite matched Meyer’s 7 innings with 7 innings of his own. The lefty struck out four but allowed four runs (all earned) on nine hits. Ryan Kelly was brought in to relieve Waite and did well until the Turks’ two-out rally in the final inning.

The Turks managed to tie things up in the 6th on an RBI single by Jesse Baker that scored Tyler Straub from second base.

2014 Jesse Baker UTSABaker was the star of tonight’s game. Besides being the guy to thank for the walk-off win, he finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in. Tyler Straub, Kameron Esthay and Steve McLean each collected two hits in a winning effort.

After the Rebels scored two in the top half of the frame to take a 3-1 lead, the Turks pushed three across in the bottom of the 7th to take their first lead of their night at 4-3.

New Market tied things up yet again on Weston Clark’s fielder’s choice that scored Woodall from third.

In the end, Harrisonburg came out on top and has now won nine of their last ten games. The Turks return to action tomorrow night when they travel to Charlottesville to take on the Tom Sox for a 7 p.m. start.