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Big fourth inning boosts Brunswick

May 05, 1999|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Brunswick Railroaders have been simply offensive at times this season.

On the baseball diamond, though, being offensive is a good thing.

The Railroaders got offensive in the fourth inning Wednesday, breaking open a tight contest with seven runs to beat the Williamsport Wildcats 15-7 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"The offense is on the caliber of a championship team," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "We were averaging 11.9 runs a game coming in, and we scored 15 runs. We came out and hit the ball hard. I was real pleased with our offensive effort today."

Every batter in the starting lineup hit safely for Brunswick (11-6, 10-5).

The Railroaders held a 5-3 lead before their fourth-inning outburst. Chris Hill started the rally with a single, stole second and took third on Zack Borden's single to left. One out later, Justin Wilt delivered a two-run double and went to third on Danny Renn's single.

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After Wilt was thrown out at home on a double steal, Kevin Goode had an RBI double to center and came home on Willie McLane's single to right. Brad Gaither singled to right, Chris Baugher ripped a two-run double to center and Baugher scored on Hill's second hit of the inning to give the Railroaders a 12-3 advantage.

McLane, who finished with three hits and three RBIs, slugged a two-run homer in the first. Wilt, who ended up with four RBIs and two hits, belted a solo homer in the seventh.

Matt Bowman had two hits and three RBIs for Williamsport (10-8, 8-8), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. Bowman homered in the first inning.

"Brunswick has patient hitters, and they don't chase after a lot of bad pitches," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "Brunswick is the best hitting team that we have faced all year."

Brunswick pitcher Alan Webber fanned eight batters in seven innings to get the win.

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