Turks Snap Six-Game Losing Streak Getting the Victory at Covington

Written by Rodrigo Aviles
Turks Broadcast Intern

Covington, Va.- The Harrisonburg Turks’ six-game losing streak comes to an end after the Turks defeat the Covington Lumberjacks 2-0 at Casey Field. The Turks improve to 3-7 on the season.

The Turks were coming from losing to the Staunton Braves at Eagle Field, while the Lumberjacks were on a two-game win streak defeating the Woodstock River Bandits 7-5 in their previous match up.

Once again, the Turks had a good start to the game. In the first inning Zack Budzik, the Turks’ shortstop, hit a double to left field getting him on base. Jed Bryant, the Turks’ left fielder and clean-up hitter, batted a single down the right foul line allowing Budzik to come across for the score.

In the second inning, the Turks scored one more run to extend their lead. Jack Roberts, the Turks’ designated hitter, hit a single for a base hit. Aaron Levy, the Turks’ right fielder, hit a single as well and Roberts advanced to third.

Hayden Cartt, the Turks’ center fielder, was walked loading the bases up for Turks’ catcher Harry Brown. Brown was then walked and Jack Roberts crossed home plate putting the Turks ahead 2-0.

In the bottom of the eight, the Turks made a pitching substitution replacing Austin Koehn and putting in Eli Ellington. Ellington pitched two innings, giving up one hit, one walk and throwing four strikeouts.

The game ended when the Lumberjacks’ first baseman, Tyler Sanfilippo, hit a fly ball to left field and was put out by the Turks defense.

Austin Koehn got the win on the night. He pitched seven innings, allowing three hits, three walks and threw five strikeouts for a 2.37 ERA.

The Turks’ last victory game against the Front Royal Cardinals at Bing Crosby Stadium. Zack Budzik hit the Turks’ first home run of the season in the first inning helping the Turks achieve a 5-1 victory. Jacob Ferris got the win for the Turks on the mound, pitching seven innings, allowing five hits with eight strikeouts.

The Front Royal Cardinals (5-7) will visit Eagle Field on Sunday for a doubleheader against the Turks. They will play two seven-inning games with a 20-minute rest period between the games. The first pitch will be at 6 p.m.