JMU Diamond Dukes to Play for Turks

The Turks and James Madison University share Eagle Field. Many Dukes have also been Turks including, Brent Metheny, Eddie Kim, Justin Wood and Matt Sluder. This summer four Dukes from 1st-year coach Marlin Ikenberry’s team will be Turks.

Pitchers Christian Bourne, Tucker McCoy and Eric Yankey will take the hill for Harrisonburg. Infielder Tanner Dofflemyer will add versatility to the mix.

Christian Bourne JMUBourne is a 6’0, 200 pound right-handed pitcher out of Forest, Virginia where he played at Jefferson Forest High School. He excelled as both a pitcher and third-baseman while playing for the Cavaliers, picking up an All-Conference nod his senior year while helping his team reach the state championship game. In high school he also played for the Evoshield Canes, a travel team designed to help players with collegiate and professional scout exposure. For the Dukes, Bourne has 15 relief appearances, is 0-2 with a 8.50 ERA. He has allowed 20 hits in 17 innings. His best outings of the season came on the road against Maryland and Towson where he allowed no hits and no runs while striking out one in 2.1 combined innings of work. The name will sound familiar to Dukes sports fans. Christian is the nephew of JMU Athletics Director Jeff Bourne.

Tucker McCoy JMUTucker McCoy is a 5’11 lefty hurler from nearby Penn Laird, Virginia where he was a Spotswood Blazer just a few years ago. In high school, McCoy was a multi-sport star, being named to the First-Team All Valley District team twice and All-Region once in baseball, as well as being a three time First-Team All Valley District player in basketball. A returning Turk, McCoy started four games for Harrisonburg last summer and posted a solid 3.51 ERA. He won three of his starts, striking out 25 and walking only 12 in 33 innings pitched. Recently, McCoy had a terrific outing against William & Mary, when he was on the mound for four innings, yielding just three hits, no earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts. It’s that kind of performance the Turks will be hoping to see from McCoy as he returns for his second year in the Valley League.

Eric Yankey JMUAnother lefthander and local high schooler and collegiate, Eric Yankey returns to the Turks after overcoming injuries sustained in a car accident last season. Yankey was off to a solid effort last summer, allowing just one hit in seven innings. After his determined rehab and recovery, he has followed that up with a 1-0 record for JMU this year in 11 relief appearances. Still looking to find his stride late in the year, a return to the Turks could be exactly the spark Yankey is looking for. More important than all of that, Turks Nation and the many fans of Eric at JMU and Turner Ashby HS Knights are impressed and inspired with how he has battled back to health and baseball.

Tanner Dofflemyer JMUAt a rangy 6’2 and 200 pounds, Tanner Dofflemyer will be making his Turks debut this season as a utility infielder. Out of Page County High School, VMI, and now JMU, Dofflemyer has primarily played shortstop. Struggling this season for the Dukes, (.187 and fielding .881 on the year) the added reps for Harrisonburg this summer will only serve to continue his development. Dofflemyer will actually be joining a family member on the Turks this summer, as he and Tucker McCoy are cousins. Baseball runs deep in that family, and the Turks hope to capitalize on all that talent. Best of luck this summer Tanner!