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Braves force fifth game in BRAL semis

July 29, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BRUNSWICK, Md. - The Hagerstown Braves wanted to make sure that they had a comfortable lead over the Brunswick Orioles on Tuesday.

With one big inning and a solid pitching performance from Nate Reeser, the Braves could have propped up their feet if they had wanted.

Hagerstown scored seven runs in the third inning on their way to a 12-0 shellacking of Brunswick in the fourth game of the Blue Ridge Adult League semifinals, evening the series at 2-2.

The final game of the five-game series will be played tonight at 6 at Hagerstown Community College.

Second baseman Mike Martin ripped a three-run double to highlight the Braves' third inning outburst.

"It was good that we came back after a tough loss last night," Martin said. "Basically, it was good that we kept hitting and scoring runs. Even if you get up by five runs over Brunswick, you can't let up because they are a good ballclub."

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Reeser fired a three-hit shutout as he struck out eight batters in five innings.

"Nate Reeser had a big performance on the mound," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "All of his pitches were working tonight."

Danny Summers had a perfect 4-for-4 performance with three runs scored for Hagerstown. Reeser and Mickey Kerns added two hits and two RBIs each, while Ronnie Palmer and Cunningham had two hits each.

Hagerstown got on the board in the first inning on Kerns' RBI triple to left field, then added a run in the second on an infield error.

The Braves increased their advantage to 9-0 with their seven-run third. They scored on a solo homer by Pat Sweeney, a run on Kevin Crawford being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Martin's three-run double, an RBI double by Reeser and an RBI single by Kerns.

Hagerstown got a run in the fourth on Matt Bragunier's RBI single and two more runs in the fifth on solo homers by Reeser and Palmer.

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