Turks Drop Both Games of Critical Doubleheader to Cannons

Monday, July 25, 2022
John Breeden
Harrisonburg, VA

Turks drop both games of a critical doubleheader to the Cannons.

The Harrisonburg Turks were defeated in both games in their doubleheader against the Purcellville Cannons Sunday night at Fireman’s Field Center. The Turks lost game one 4-3 after eight innings and lost game two 2-1.

Game one
Both teams got on the scoreboard in the third inning with the Turks scoring three runs and the Cannons scoring one.

Seaver King (Wingate) walked with the bases loaded to force a run. Mikey Rosario (Miami) drove in Matthew Mamatas (Georgia Southwestern St) on a sacrifice fly while Mitch Farris (Wingate) scored on a passed ball.

The Cannons got on the board on an RBI single from Mikey Brinton (Western Oklahoma St).

The Turks had opportunities to add to their score but they were unable to capitalize, leaving nine runners stranded in the game.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Dooley (JMU) hit a solo home run to put the Cannons within one. Albert Serrano (Grayson County) drove in Wyatt Miles (Shepherd) on an RBI single to send the game to extra innings. Purcellville completed the comeback in the bottom of the eighth as Ryne Guida (Florida International) hit the game-winning RBI single.

Pitcher Jake Wolf (UNCG) took his first loss of the season, now 1-1 after pitching the last half inning. Jordan Armstrong (Auburn) carried the load on the mound for Harrisonburg, throwing for five innings and notching a season-high five strikeouts.

Game two
The Cannons got out to an early lead in game two with two solo home runs — one from Brinton in the bottom of the first and the other from Jose Torres (San Jacinto) in the bottom of the second.

The Turks got on the board in the top of the fourth when T.J. Williams (Notre Dame) hit a groundout to get Rosario home.

Harrisonburg looked to add some runs in the top of the sixth with two runners on with two outs, but Rosario was caught stealing home for the third out of the inning. The Turks were unable to string any runs together as they took the 2-1 loss.

Wolf took his second loss of the season after pitching three innings and throwing five strikeouts.

The Turks return home to host the Waynesboro Generals in the last regular-season game Monday at 7:30 p.m.