Two days after suffering their worst defeat of the 2022 Valley League (VBL) season, the Covington Lumberjacks (12-14) dropped their second game in a row following a 13-8 home loss on Thursday to the Harrisonburg Turks.
Leading 8-6 entering the top of the ninth inning, the Lumberjacks were just three outs away from their 13th win of the season.
Three hits, two walks, and a wild pitch later, the Turks would go on to tie the game.
After surrendering the lead in the top half of the ninth inning, the Lumberjacks would not regroup as the Turks would go on to score five runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 13-8 lead. Seaver King (3-for-4) was at the forefront of the five-run 10th inning as he contributed with his first home run of the season. King had a three RBI performance in the win.
Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lumberjacks grabbed RBI’s from John Urena (2-for-4) and Nate Stocum (1-for-4) to retake the lead at 7-6.
Cooper Webb had his quality start for the Lumberjacks, took a no-decision. Webb allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings and was relieved from the game with the team leading 5-3.
After Webb was relieved, the Lumberjacks used five relievers who combined to allow 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits, while walking five in five innings. Relievers, Carson Lowder and Garrett Bonnett pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.
In the loss, Urena, Cole Ketzner (1-for-5), Michael Piulats (1-for-5), each had two RBI’s for the Lumberjacks. Ketzner had his first home run of the season.
Jaylon Lee (2-for-4), a member of the James Madison University baseball team, led all batters with four RBI’s for the Turks.
The Lumberjacks are back on the road tonight against the Waynesboro Generals. The Generals for 4-0 against the Lumberjacks this season.