Turks fall to Generals at home

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
John Breeden
Harrisonburg, VA

The Harrisonburg Turks lost 4-2 to the Generals in a makeup game Monday night at Eagle Field. The loss moves them to 9-6 this season and 5-4 at home.

“We had five hits, [it’s] kinda hard to win a game like that … it’s just tough,” shortstop Seaver King (Wingate) said.

The Turks have seen some new faces in the starting lineup recently, including Mike Rosario (Miami) and Carlos Perez (Miami). Rosario contributed in a big way in Sunday’s doubleheader against Winchester by hitting a solo home run in game one. King said the changes to the lineup have “boosted” the team in a positive way.

Center fielder Sam Schner (Wingate) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first off an RBI single from first baseman Christian Ficca (Georgetown U). The Generals responded with a run of their own in the top of the second courtesy of shortstop Jalen Vasquez (North Greenville U).

Neither team was able to add to their scores through the next five and a half innings. Pitcher Andrew Williams threw four strikeouts for the Turks while Waynesboro’s Daniel Batcher threw five. Evan Smith (James Madison) took the mound for Harrisonburg in the top of the seventh —- throwing two strikeouts through the final three innings.

The Generals took a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run RBI from Matt Ruiz. The Turks responded in the bottom of the eighth as designated hitter Mitch Farris (Wingate) slammed a solo home run to right field. “It was [the] first pitch … [I] got a good swing on it and it ended up being a fastball down the middle,” Farris said.

The Generals took their two-run lead back in the top of the ninth as TJ Clarkson sent one over the right-field fence for a solo home run. Harrisonburg wasn’t able to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as a double play ended the game. The Generals won on four runs, eight hits, and an error while the Turks lost on two runs, five hits, and no errors.

The Turks host the Covington Lumberjacks Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and host the Staunton Braves Thursday at 7:30 p.m. They travel to Waynesboro to face the Generals again Friday at 7:00 p.m.