Turks Player of Week 3 – Elian Merejo Shines Bright

In the third week of the season a lot of the Harrisonburg Turks’ bats came alive. From the likes of Zach Little inching his batting average to .311 and Kyle Johnson finding his swing. But none were as hot as catcher from Georgia State, Elian Merejo.

This last week Merejo showed just how important he is to this team’s lineup. He can catch a solid game behind the plate and also slot in at the designated hitter spot and produce some bit-time hits. He started his summer off here in Harrisonburg a little shaky, but once he got into a rhythm he has shown his true potential.

Merejo in the last seven days batted .429, drove in a whopping seven runs and had an on base percentage at .429. He’s seeing the ball well, he only struck out three times in his 21 at bats. Merejo almost always puts the ball in play and gives himself, and his teammates, the chance at moving on the base path.

Securing honorable mention for this week is right-handed pitcher from Virginia Tech, Luke Scherzer. In a week that saw some shaky pitching across the board, something very uncharacteristic of this Turks team, Scherzer started and pitched 5 innings not allowing a single earned run in a solid team win on June 18 at Staunton.

In the five innings Scherzer pitched he had a perfect 0 earned run average, allowed just three hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a single batter.

Overall this week the Turks went 3-2 with one rain out on. They had some great offensive showings, but some error filled defensive outings in their two losses. The Turks are currently sitting in third in the south division just one game back from first.

Congratulations to Merejo on the week three player of the week honors, and to Scherzer for securing the honorable mention.

Tonight the Turks open up week four with Strasburg at Veterans Memorial Park. They look to put together a solid week from offense to defense and continue to move up the south standings.