Area Roundup: Turks’ Bats Go Quiet
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Berea (Kentucky) College catcher Ryan Akins went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and South Alabama pitcher Austin Stephens scattered five hits over nine innings to lead Charles Town to a 6-1 victory over Harrisonburg in a Valley Baseball League game Wednesday at Sager Field.
The Cannons improved to 15-11; the Turks fell to 17-9.
Georgia Tech third baseman Brandon Gold finished 2-for-4 to record Harrisonburg’s lone multi-hit game, while Georgia State designated hitter Matt Rose went 0-of-4 in his return from a toenail procedure.
Harrisonburg 000 000 001 – 1 5 3
Charles Town 020 013 00x – 6 10 1
Lewallyn, Scherzer (7) and Matulia; Stephens and Akins. W – Stephens (3-0). L – Lewallyn (2-1).
JMU Promotes Frias
HARRISONBURG – Ta’ Frias has been promoted to director of the women’s track-and-field and cross country programs at James Madison, the university announced Wednesday.
Frias – who spent the past five years as JMU’s head track and field coach, earning Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in 2012 – replaces the now retired Bill Walton.
Central to her new role, Frias will oversee the procedural aspects of Madison’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track programs. JMU plans to hire a replacement for Frias’ previous position, according to sports information director Kevin Warner.
TA, HHS Players Third At Games
SALEM – Turner Ashby High School rising senior Lucas Clark, fellow prep teammate and rising junior Trent Abernathy and Harrisonburg High School rising senior Sam Imeson competed in the Commonwealth Games of Virginia high school baseball showcase last weekend.
The area trio played for West team and finished third out of the four regions represented.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Recent East Rockingham High School graduate Ty Reed – a goalkeeper who finished with 700-plus saves in his varsity career – was named to the VHSL’s 2A all-state boys’ soccer team this week.