Turks Lose Home Field with Loss

Written by Brien Krug
Turks Staff Writer
July 23, 2021

Following the split of the doubleheader to Staunton on Thursday, the Turks travelled down I-81 to take on the same Staunton Braves in the rubber match between the two teams with the 2 seed and home field advantage on the line.

Logan McClure

Bob Wease would call on 2021 All Star, Logan McClure (2-0, 4.33 ERA), to make the start in the crucial matchup. McClure would get out of a 2nd and 3rd jam in the 1st before running into more trouble in the 2nd. A 2 out double followed by a bloop single would get Staunton on the board first.

The Turks would respond right back in the 3rd and 4th. Frederic Walter and Bryce Safferwich would both hit their 2nd home runs of the year to give the Turks the 2-1 lead. McClure would settle down after the tough 2nd and go on to pitch 6 phenomenal innings only allowing 1 hit and striking out 6 over his final 4 innings.

Jackson Dennies would come on in relief of McClure in the 7th and immediately struggle. A leadoff double, sac bunt and 2 singles would tie the game and force the Turks to call on Nick Borek. Borek would give up 2 more runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball to give Staunton the late 4-2 lead.

 

The Turks would get one right back in the 8th however. 2 hit by pitches and a passed ball would bring up Peyton Crispin who would lace a ball out to left center but slice perfectly to the Braves left fielder scoring Walter and cutting the Braves lead in half.

Borek would go back out for the 8th and really struggle to find the zone. The new Georgetown Bulldog, who was making his 3rd appearance in the last 4 days, would walk 6 of the first 7 Braves hitters and effectively ending his day. With the Turks bullpen depleted after playing 6 games in 6 days, Logan McNeely would come in to make his pitching debut. After giving up a single McNeely would get back to back flyouts to end the inning but the Braves had already taken the stranglehold on the game extending their lead to 10-3.

The Turks would score 2 more in the 9th thanks to Justin Wach’s first homer of the summer. Harrisonburg will finish up the 2021 regular season losing 10-5 and falling to 19-21 and the 3rd seed in the South. The Turks will be right back in action tonight in the first round of the 2021 VBL Playoffs as they take on the same Staunton Braves in Game 1 of a best of 3 in Staunton with first pitch slated for 7:30 PM.