Seventh Inning Explosion Gives Turks 17-10 Win

Written by Jackson Campbell
Broadcast Intern

WOODSTOCK, VA – Harrisonburg traveled to face the 5-11 Woodstock River Bandits on Thursday night, and both teams put on an impressive offensive display.

In an otherwise ordinary evening, the two teams combined for an incredible 17 runs in the seventh inning alone. The Turks cycled through 15 batters in the top of seventh and got 10 runs, all started off by a single to right field from Tanner Dofflemyer (JMU). Trevor Craport, Jason Serchay, Luke Shiflett, Tripp Shelton, and Jonathan Pryor all picked up RBI’s in the inning.

Woodstock would not go quietly though, as they added seven runs of their own powered by Kevin Bryant’s (Clemson) three-RBI triple.

IMG_6576Tripp Shelton started the game off with a solo home run to right field on the first pitch of the game from Hunter Morgan (Wingate), and Harrisonburg held the lead the rest of the game. Three hit nights from Pryor (.325) and Craport (.355), along with six innings pitched and nine strikeouts from Corey Childress powered the Turks to their fifth straight win.



Corey Childress woodstockChildress moved to 3-0 with the win, and leads the team with a 2.00 ERA. He also leads the Valley League with 25 strikeouts, and has walked just five batters in 27 innings.

It was a tough night for the River Bandits as their two top hitters went a combined one-for-eight. Austin Young (Massachusetts Lowell) and Cole German (Charleston Southern) both had multi-hit nights, but it was not enough to overcome the 16 total hits the Turks racked up.

The seventeen runs Harrisonburg scored were the second most by any team this season in a single game, only behind Staunton’s 19 last week against Winchester. The total team effort pushed the Turks up to third in total runs scored, kept them at third in team ERA, and put them just one game behind Waynesboro in the South Division.

The Turks look to continue their hot streak Friday night at Eagle Field where they take on the first place Waynesboro Generals (12-3) at 7:30.