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'Roaders win in a walkover

March 27, 1999|By JACK HILL III

The Brunswick softball team must have had Fats Domino on their minds Friday afternoon, because the Railroaders were indeed walking.

The Railroaders walked 18 times on their way to a 23-4 victory over North Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"We're still struggling on the mound," North Hagerstown coach Tonya Houser said. "When you walk that many batters, it doesn't give the defense a chance to act. You can't play defense on that many walks."

The Railroaders received nine of their 18 walks during the first two innings to help them jump out to a 9-0 advantage. Brunswick (1-1, 1-1) got four of their first nine runs on bases-loaded walks and finished with just eight hits.

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"We wanted their pitchers to throw a lot of pitches," Brunswick coach Mike Gooch said. "We wanted to carefully pick out the pitches that we wanted to hit. Our girls did a nice job with that. We discussed that before the game. If we made their pitchers throw a lot of pitches, then that would wear them down. If you're going to be a good hitter, you have got to be selective and be able to find the good pitch that you are going to hit."

Brunswick senior pitcher Stacey Connelly gave up only one earned run, three walks and four hits in five innings to get the victory.

Dana Kline drove in two runs and Jadah Zampelli added an RBI triple for North Hagerstown (0-2, 0-2).

"With time, we'll get there," Houser added. "I have faith in them. They'll come around. Our goal for the game was to get some hits and we accomplished that. Next week, we face two tough teams and have a tournament at Clear Spring. So, we'll be working hard to prepare."

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