Turks Top TomSox, Snap Skid

Written by Greg Madia
Daily News-Record
June 19, 2021

Three Harrisonburg pitchers combined for nine innings of one-run ball and the Turks knocked off the Charlottesville TomSox, 301, on Friday evening in Valley Baseball League action at Veterans Memorial Park.

Harrisonburg (3-5) snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory.

Turks starter Andrea Rodrigues of Florida Tech earned the win for tossing five shutout frames and striking out five while West Virginia Tech reliever Logan McClure threw three innings without allowing a run to earn the save.

The offense was supplied by James Madison shortstop Bryce Safferwich and Miami (Fla.) designated hitter Michael Rosario.

Safferwich, who told the DN-R earlier in the week he’s thrilled to be with the Turks this summer was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

“I’m just excited to really get reps,” Safferwich said then. “I’m eager to play every day, see the ball, get more at-bats and play the field.”

He said he likes the challenges of facing top-notch talent, too. Two of Charlottesville’s (8-3) three pitchers on Friday night were from SEC schools.

“When we play the TomSox, we’re playing kids mostly from ACC and SEC schools,” Safferwich said. “And I think it’s better to see pitching from the schools that are at the top.”

Rosario was 2-for-4, scored a run, and drove in another.