Here we go again: Waynesboro upsets Harrisonburg, wins Valley League playoff series

generals-turks2For the second time in three seasons, the Waynesboro Generals completed a shocking first-round playoff upset of a higher-seeded Harrisonburg Turks team.

Matt Horkey was solid into the seventh, and Alex Mauricio and Frankie Romano closed things down in the latter innings, pushing Waynesboro to a 3-2 win over the Turks Friday night.

The win sends the Generals to the second round of the 2015 Valley League playoffs against the winner of the Staunton-Covington series.

Horkey (4-1, 2.60 ERA) had a shutout into the seventh, when Harrisonburg finally broke through with a pair of runs, on a solo homer by Kameron Esthay and an RBI triple by Shane Billings.

Mauricio struck out Steven McLean to end that threat, then struck out Esthay with the bases loaded and two down in the eighth to put out that fire.

Romano (1-1, 0.49 ERA) notched his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Waynesboro got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Joseph Estrada, then added two more in the fifth on an RBI double by Clayton Taylor and an RBI single by Jonathan Camp.

Horkey’s final pitching line had him going six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one.

Tucker McCoy (3-2, 3.52 ERA) took the loss for the Turks, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits in five innings of work.

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