Waynesboro Generals rally, knock off league-leading Harrisonburg, 6-5

generals-turks2A two-out, two-run single by Michael Brosseau capped a four-run seventh for Waynesboro, and the Generals held on for a 6-5 win over the Harrisonburg Turks Friday night at Linco Park at Kate Collins Field.

The win allows Waynesboro (21-20) to clinch the third seed in the South Division playoffs that will begin next week. The two-time defending Valley League champs will face the #2 seed Staunton Braves (26-13) in the first round of the 2015 VBL playoffs.

Harrisonburg (29-12) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first with an RBI single by Jared Baker the key blow in the opening frame. A Steven McLean RBI groundout in the second made it 4-0 Turks.

Waynesboro got two back in the third on a two-run single by Clayton Taylor.

It would stay that way until the seventh. Harrisonburg got an insurance run when Tripp Shelton scored on a wild pitch.

The Generals got singles from Taylor and Kevin Phillips to open the bottom half of the seventh. Joseph Estrada reached on a fielders choice for out number one, putting runners on the corners.

Aubrey McCarty scored Taylor from third on another fielders choice that cut the deficit to 5-3. Jeremy Taylor singled and Austin Hale walked to load the bases. Stephen Pitarra was hit by a pitch to score pinch-runner Alex Mauricio from third, cutting the Harrisonburg lead to 5-4.

Brosseau stroked an 0-1 pitch to score Taylor and then Hale with the go-ahead run.

Tyler Howe (4-1, 4.23 ERA) got the win for Waynesboro, giving up five runs, two of them earned, on six hits, striking out eight and walking two.

Frankie Romano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save, lowering his ERA to 0.54.

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