Harrisonburg Holds Off Staunton, Waynesboro Wins in VBL Action
In Valley League Baseball action Tuesday night, Harrisonburg won at Staunton 7-6.
The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Fort Defiance High School graduate Daniel Wright scored from second on a Ricky Santiago two-out RBI single to left.
The Turks took the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Brian Yeung cranked a two-run home run to center. He had three RBI in the game.
Jake Roberts added a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning to give Harrisonburg a 3-1 lead.
Staunton cut the lead back to one run with an RBI fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Each team hit a solo home run in the seventh. Georgia Tech's Charles Sheffield hit a blast to center in the top of the inning to give the Turks a 4-2 lead. Kenneth Jackson answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3. Sheffield went 2-for-3 with a double.
Harrisonburg put up three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-3 lead, and the Turks needed each one of them. Staunton rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a two-run home run from Ben Verlander, but the Braves couldn't tie the game.
Auburn's Dillon Ortman won his third game on the mound for Harrisonburg this summer, giving up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
Thomas Smith went 4-for-5 in the win.
TJ Shantz was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the loss.
The Turks improve to 10-6. The Braves drop to 5-9.
Waynesboro won at Rockbridge 3-1 Tuesday night.
Jacob Hoyle went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Ryan Breen was 2-for-3 with two runs in the win.
Devin Smith pitched seven innings, giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts to earn the win on the mound.
Waynesboro put up runs in the second, fifth, and seventh innings for the win.
The Generals improve to 10-4 and continue to lead Harrisonburg by two games in the loss column for first place in the VBL's South Division standings.
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