Turks fall to Lumberjacks by one at home

Friday, July 1, 2022
John Breeden
Harrisonburg, VA

It was a nail-biter until the very end but the Harrisonburg Turks fell to the Covington Lumberjacks 6-5 Thursday night at Eagle Field. The loss moves them to 11-10 this season and 7-6 at home.

“I just feel like we’re pressing a little bit at the plate, especially getting behind in counts and not attacking the fastball as much as we want to,” assistant coach Jowell Bernacet said. “We’re attacking pitches that we shouldn’t be attacking with less than two strikes.”

It took only two pitches for the Lumberjacks to get on the board as Bradke Lohry (Wabash Valley JC) singled and scored off an RBI double from Evan Wickeri (Barry U). Covington kept the momentum going in the top of the second when Joshua Rodriguez (Hinds JC) launched a solo home run to left field.

Starting pitcher Logan McClure was replaced in the top of the second by Jackson Dennies (Notre Dame). Dennies pitched four innings, faced 16 batters, and threw three strikeouts.

Dennies was replaced in the top of the sixth by Sammy Cooper (Notre Dame) who threw five strikeouts and only allowed one run after three innings pitched. This was Cooper’s second outing with the Turks and he said it’s been “a lot of fun” playing for them so far.

“I love the guys so far, I’m still getting acclimated to meeting every one of them and getting to know them,” Cooper said. “I couldn’t be happier. I love this [and] I love these guys. It’s a great team.”

The Turks loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with singles from catcher Garrett Warden (WV Tech), center fielder Sam Schner (Florida Tech), and first baseman Mitch Farris (Wingate). Shortstop Seaver King (Wingate) drove in Warden for the Turks’ first run of the game. 

Designated hitter Mike Rosario (Miami) drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. With the recent changes to the starting lineups in recent weeks, Bernacet said it’s better to get different guys in and see how they play and it allows some of the other guys to take days off.

“Especially with new guys coming in within the past week and a half, getting them to see how they work and how they play,” Bernacet said. “It makes guys who have been playing a little bit longer … it’s a little bit easier on their heads I believe because of the fact that they can just recuperate, relax and … reset their mind going into tomorrow.”

The Turks took the lead when Farris scored on a Lumberjacks fielding error.

The Lumberjacks drove in three runs to regain the lead in the top of the fifth after Gavin Baird (Eastern Kentucky
U) notched a two-RBI single—driving in Lohry and John Urena (Asa Miami JC). Cooper George (Mount Olive JC) ripped an RBI single to left field to get Baird in to score.