Smink sets down the Turks - moves to 5-0/ Off to Front Royal Friday Night

Harrisonburg----000 001 000 - 1 7 3
Luray------------020 021 10X- 6 8 0
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I was just saying the other night(All-Star game) that I thought Travis Smink (Luray/VMI) was the best pitcher in the league along with Adam Liberatore (Waynesboro/Tenn. Tech). The duo continue to tie up VBL hitters and that was again the case Thursday night at Bulldog Field. ATV-60 Favorite Smink went back to the hill for the Red-Hot Wranglers and the Keydet simply sparkled against the Turks.
Smink was pitching with an aunt and an uncle in the crowd (sorry-I didn't get to meet them to get their names) and was matched up against Harrisonburg's Eric Thomas. Thomas has pitched well but doesn't have a great deal to show for it as his record drops to 1-3 for the summer.
Liberatore collected his fifth win earlier this week against Covington and Smink matched the effort that number with his victory last night. Smink kept his right fielder Jeff Jefferson busy last night as the Liberty U. freshman had four straight put outs during a stretch that saw Smink retire 10 of 12 Turks on fly balls.
Austin Markel (West Virginia University) provided Smink with all the support he would need by crushing a pair of Home Runs. Luray collected 3 long balls last night in their 16-1 victory over Covington and they have captured five straight wins for the second time (last streak went to 9) this season. The Wranglers (22-8) travel to Winchester tomorrow night to face the Royals in hopes of continuing their latest run!
We will be off the Front Royal tomorrow night to celebrate with the Cards as they welcome home a father & son team that has completed Around The Valley! Buck Smith and his son Jacob will go on the board as #10 & #11 and we are looking forward to spending the evening being part of their celebration.
I was able to visit with Teresa Wease for about 45 more minutes before the game and then during the game I was able to meet Mike Barber of the DNR. Mike had spoke with me over the phone to write his article but last night was our first face-to-face.
Seth (President of the Pressbox) was already to fly out to San Diego Friday morning at 4:00 AM but was bummed by a foul ball that cracked his windshield early in the evening. Seth is the track coach at Eastern Mennonite University and he is heading out to the west coast for a conference. He promises it is not a vacation.... Travel Safe Seth....

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