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'Roaders plenty Goode enough

March 27, 1999|By MARK KELLER

Brunswick's Kevin Goode lived up to his name Friday. And teammates Andy Maught and Willie McLane were pretty good as well.

Goode was very good, going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer. Maught hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and McLane fired a four-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Railroaders beat host North Hagerstown 12-2 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game at North.

The game ended on the 10-run rule after six innings.

McLane had a one-hitter through five innings before surrendering three singles in the bottom of the sixth. He walked three batters.

"Early in the game, he was mixing it up a lot and having a little bit of trouble with his control," said Brunswick coach Roger Dawson. "Once he reared back and started throwing the ball - his fastball's his best pitch - he was able to locate a little better and he blew a couple of those guys away."

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And as for North coach Shawn Reynolds ... well, he didn't have to be told what McLane's best pitch is.

"That's evident, there. We couldn't catch up to it," Reynolds said. "He threw a heck of a ball game. He threw strikes and we couldn't catch up."

Dawson was afraid the Railroaders (1-1, 1-1) would be playing catch-up after missing a golden scoring opportunity in the top of the first. With one out, North starter Patrick Bishop issued two walks and Goode got his first hit - a single to left - to load the bases.

But Bishop worked out of the jam, striking out Alan Webber and getting Chris Baugher to ground out.

"We played very poorly early, especially running the bases," Dawson said. "We made five or six blunders that ended up costing us a couple of runs. Thankfully, that wasn't a factor in the game."

In fact, the first inning was the only inning in which Brunswick did not score. The Railroaders got on the board on Maught's RBI double in the second, then posted multiple runs in each of the next four innings.

Goode drove in three runs, two on his homer to center field - the first ball over the new fence at North's field.

Danny Hoover had an RBI double in the second and Nick Burger had an RBI single in the seventh for the Hubs (1-1, 1-1).

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