Sunday night's Valley League All-Star game came down to one run in the eighth inning, making all the difference for the VBL's southern teams to start the second half of the year with All-Star pride.
Harrisonburg's duo of Matt Rose and Thomas Spitz worked together to score the South's first run Sunday night. Pitching dominated the contest at Veterans Memorial with the North limited to six hits, one walk, and an unearned run, with nine batters striking out.
Turks manager Bob Wease was in charge of the winning southern team, but he says the exhibition is all about the players.
"Every kid, that's why they come here. They want to be seen," said Wease. "They want to be seen by scouts and that's their goal is to play professional baseball. It's all about the kids. It's not about me. It's not about any of the coaches. It's not about the umpires. It's about the kids being on the field and watching the scouts up there and the scouts watching the kids perform."
Meanwhile Wease and the Turks are on top as the second half of the season gets underway.
This team began the year losing three of its last four games and only having six pitchers for its opening weekend. Since then the roster has gotten bigger and so has the number of wins.
"When they come here, they're panicking a little bit," said Wease. "They want to play. They don't want to come here and sit. So they're pushing it a little bit and there's going to be errors and ball thrown away. Once they relax we usually turn it around pretty good. We've had a good run. We got a great baseball team. People ought to come out and watch us play.