The Front Royal Cardinals (4-1) were handed their first loss of the 2014 VBL season on Thursday night. The Cards were beaten handily 10-1 by the Harrisonburg Turks (2-3) at Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal.
Beau Bowen (0-1), the Cardinals’ starter, surrendered the first run of the ballgame in the 3rd inning when Harrisonburg’s Eric Kalbfleish scored Turks’ 1st baseman Christopher Barr on a sacrifice fly to deep left field. The Cardinals then tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI double by shortstop Wardy Polanco. That was the only run surrendered by the Turks’ pitchers. The Turks then broke open the scoring in the 5th inning. After a leadoff walk to Christopher Barr, three wild pitches allowed him to cross the plate for the Turks. Then a walk, a double, and a single plated 2 more for the Turks. Bowen threw 5 innings and allowed 4 runs. Right-hander Logan Longwith then came on in relief for the Cardinals in the 6th and allowed 6 runs (only 2 were earned). The Turks jumped out to a 10-1 lead and were never caught. Turks’ starter Kevin Lewallyn (1-0) was pulled after 5.1 innings, and right-handed reliever Brett Morgan held the Cardinals hitless throughout the remaining 3.2 innings. Lewallyn received the win and Morgan earned a save. The Turks tallied 10 runs on 9 hits in the win. The Cardinals scored only once on 3 hits and also had 3 errors.