Turks Outhit Express in 12-7 Victory

Written By Daniel Ware
Turks Staff Writer

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Helped by nine runs in the first two innings, the Harrisonburg Turks beat the Strasburg Express 12-7 on Sunday night at Veterans Memorial Park.

Strasburg came into the night with the best record in the league (14-5) and the two teams combined to score 19 runs on 33 hits in the offensive onslaught.

The Turks hit four extra-base hits in the first two innings. The first of the three was a ground-rule double by Trevor Craport (Georgia Tech) in the first, scoring Bryan Arias (UTSA). Two batters later, catcher Mason George (UTSA) doubled to left center, scoring Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest) and Craport, to give the Turks a 3-2 lead.

The Turks were able to jump on Express starter Ryan Johnson from the very beginning. The left-hander from Vanderbilt made his Valley League debut and lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits before being replaced by right-hander Ryan Anderson (FAMU).

Jonathan Pryor 2016Trevor Craport - GA Tech 2016The no. 3-4 hitters in the lineup were outstanding for the Turks on the night. Pryor and Craport, respectively, combined to go 8-10 with seven RBIs and five runs scored. After an RBI single by Pryor in the second inning, Craport crushed a three-RBI double to left-center field, extending the Turks’ lead to 7-2.



Mason GeorgeGeorge had himself a great night at the plate as well, going 2-4 with a double and a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Turks a 9-2 lead.

Greg Paprocki’s start for the Turks was short-lived. The right-hander from LaSalle exited in the first inning due to an apparent arm injury and appeared to be rubbing his right elbow.

“He felt something pop in his arm,” manager Bob Wease said.

Paprocki gave up two runs in the first inning before being replaced by JMU left-hander Eric Yankey. Yankey picked off the runner at second to end the inning for the Turks.

Erick Delgado (North Georgia) proved to be a tough out in the Express lineup for the Turks once again. He went 4-5 with four singles and three RBIs on the night. In two games against the Turks this summer, he’s 6-10 with seven RBIs.

Eric Yankey JMUYankey, used mostly in a reliever role so far this season, came in and pitched admirably on short notice. He allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings pitched and picked up the win.