Turks Hold On for 7-6 Win Over Generals

WP: Brown (1-1)- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

LP: Braman (1-3)- 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

S: Herbelin (3)


HARRISONBURG, Va., July 18, 2015 – The Turks scored in five of the game’s first six innings to defeat the Waynesboro Generals 7-6 at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday night.


With the game tied at two heading to the bottom of the third, the Turks began to pull away. Two runs in the third and one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, took the Turk from tied to ahead by four. The lead would not be relinquished from there.


The victory extends both the Turks’ (26-10) winning streak and lead over Staunton to four games. Waynesboro (18-18) returns to .500 on the season.


Normally utilized as the team’s closer, Tyler Brown was tabbed as tonight’s starting pitcher and did not disappoint. The Wingate product limited the Generals to three runs (all earned) on eight hits while striking out four over six innings. Jared Datoc allowed two runs in the seventh and Patrick Herbelin gave up only one run in two innings to earn a save.


Harrisonburg found offensive production up and down the lineup. Shane Billings (2-for-4, two runs scored) once again set the tone from the leadoff spot and Steve McLean (2-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI) and Joe Lytle (1-for-4, 1 run scored and two RBIs) followed in kind. Jesse Baker (2-for-3, 1 run scored) and Jared Baker (0-for-2 with two RBI) also produced.


The Generals battled back to make things interesting. Runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth brought the away team within one, but ultimately came up short.


All six runs scored by Waynesboro came from the top three batters in the lineup. Michael Brosseau (1-for-3, 3 runs scored), Chris Cook (2-for-4, 1 run scored) and Clayton Taylor (3-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI) carried the load.


Generals starting pitcher Vince Braman allowed a season-high six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. Aubrey McCarty and Alexander Mauricio were called upon to pitch in relief; the duo gave up only one run while striking out two batters each.


The Turks have only six games remaining in the regular season. The team travels to Staunton in a matchup of the top two teams in the VBL South division tomorrow night with first pitch set for 7:30. Go Turks!