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Brunswick tops Hagerstown

July 07, 1999|By JACK HILL III

Believe it or not, Brunswick Orioles' pitcher Scott Frye got a win and a save in the same game on Wednesday night during a 10-8 victory over the Hagerstown Braves in Blue Ridge Adult Baseball League action at Municipal Stadium.

Frye threw the first six innings and then moved to shortstop in the bottom of the seventh inning when Brunswick was on top by a 10-4 advantage over Hagerstown.

After the Braves narrowed the gap to 10-8 against reliever Mike Bostian and then put runners on first and second with one out in the last of the seventh, the Orioles moved Frye back to pitcher.

Frye quickly retired the final two batters to enable the Orioles to pull out the win.

"Scott Frye is the hero," Brunswick player-manager John Mangold said. "He had a dominating performance. He only had one bad inning."

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Mangold was impressed with the close battle between the Orioles and the Braves.

"Can this be a 'Thrilla in Manilla?'" Mangold added. "There is never a dull moment between the two of us. They are always close games between us. It doesn't matter how many runs that one of us is down, it seems like the other team can always come back."

Brunswick (22-9, 19-5) held a 1-0 lead over Hagerstown (20-13, 15-10) after four innings. The Orioles then exploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to push their lead to 9-0. Leadoff batter Mike Frownfelter contributed an infield single to start the rally and a two-run triple to close it. Doug Stottlemyer added a two-run single.

"One inning has killed us all year long," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "We have just stopped playing for one inning. Brunswick flat out hits all the time. They just hit every pitch that you throw at them."

The Braves scored four runs in the fifth. The big blow of that inning was a 420-foot, two-run homer over the center field wall by Mickey Kerns.

After Brunswick got a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Mangold, Hagerstown responded with four runs in the seventh. The key blow was Cunningham's two-run homer to right. Frye then stopped the Braves' rally to give the Orioles the win.

"We showed a lot of heart in not giving up," Cunningham added. "Our guys stuck in there and played well."

Frownfelter finished with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Orioles.

Kris Parks collected three hits, while Kerns added two RBIs and two runs scored for the Braves.

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