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'Roaders feast on grand slam lunch

March 30, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Alan Webber is young in years but old enough to be called "Granny."

The Brunswick pitcher is obviously more comfortable dealing with power gaps than generation gaps. He's counting bases-loaded home runs instead of grandchildren.

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Webber was near perfect on Wednesday as he slugged a pair of grand slams to support his own two-hit pitching as the No. 1 Railroaders demolished South Hagerstown 23-0 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"We came out and swung the bats and Alan threw a nice game," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "He kept them in check. (The Herald-Mail) put us No. 1. We want to see how long we can keep it."

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Brunswick (2-0) hit three grand slams - setting a state record - in the five-inning rout, including two in a 12-run top of the first inning.

Ahead 4-0 with only one out in the first, Webber greeted reliever Dustin Short with a wind-blown shot to left to double the Railroaders' lead. Chris Baugher capped the rally with his own base-clearing homer to left. In all, Brunswick sent 15 batters to the plate in the seven-hit barrage aided by two costly South errors.

Webber added a second grand slam in the fourth to cap a six-run inning for a 22-0 lead. For Webber, it was his third grand slam in two games. The first one came in the season opener on Friday against North Hagerstown.

"I get a lot of chances (for grand slams) because I bat ninth in the order," Webber said. "I was just trying to make contact. "The first one I hit, but I didn't think it was gone ... I guess the wind might have helped. The second one, I was just trying to drive in a couple of runs."

Brunswick ripped five South pitchers for 19 hits - including four home runs. Evan Snook hit a one-out solo shot in the fifth to close the scoring.

"I just came out and tried to hit my spots," Webber said. "I've been working hard in practice at keeping the ball low and hitting my spots. When you go out with all those runs, you get relaxed ... you just try not to be too relaxed."

Webber protected his lead on the mound with eight strikeouts to match his eight RBI while holding the Rebels hitless until pinch hitter Walter Drill blooped a one-out single to right center in the fifth. Chris Henson laid down a bunt single for South's other hit.

"Hey, we got two hits," South coach Greg Eversole said. "Give them all the credit. We battled them to get the two hits. They have a powerhouse. That is one of the finest teams that I have seen around in 10 years."

Kevin Goode had three hits and two RBI and Andy Maught added three singles for the Railroaders. Baugher had two hits and four RBI.

"We don't teach them to hit home runs, we just want them to hit it hard. We're not going to be mad at the home runs," Dawson said. "It's no secret we are solid offensively, but last year we had trouble fielding the ball. Today, everything fell into place."

Brunswick 23, South Hagerstown 0




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Webber and Baugher, Bush (5); Anderson, Short (1), Ward (1), Fox (4), Lynn (4) and Showe. HR - Webber (B) (2) 1st, 3 on; 4th, 3 on; Baugher (B) 1st, 3 on; Bush (B) 5th, none on. WP - Webber. LP - Anderson.

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