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Brunswick sends message against North

April 25, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown's baseball team celebrated Senior Day on Tuesday with a game against Monocacy Valley Athletic League powerhouse Brunswick. The message to the Hubs' seniors - there'll be better days.

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North's two errors in the first inning gave the Railroaders five outs to work with, and they put five runs on the scoreboard before the Hubs picked up a bat, rolling to a 12-1 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"(If) the team hits the ball the way they do, you can't give them five outs in an inning," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "We were flat from the first pitch on. It was just one of those days."

Andy Maught led off the game with a single, and consecutive errors by the middle of North's infield allowed him to score. Willie McLane followed with a two-run single that plated Chris Hill and Kevin Goode, Chris Baugher drove in McLane with a single, and Jason Thompson's double scored Baugher for the 5-0 lead.

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"We had to come out fired up today ... make sure they didn't jump out to an early lead," Brunswick pitcher Alan Webber said.

Given a five-run lead, Webber was tough on North hitters, using a mid-80s fastball and an occasional slider to hold the Hubs to one run on eight hits, most of the bloop variety, while striking out five in a complete-game win.

"He's tough to hit, especially with a 5-0 lead," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "He's one of the top pitchers in this league without a doubt."

Brunswick (10-1) added a run in the fourth, then tacked four more on in the fifth, the big blow being Webber's three-run homer off reliever Bobby Long that gave the Railroaders a 10-1 lead.

"I happened to make contact, tried to drive the ball somewhere and get some RBI," Webber said. "We're really picking things up, starting to click together. We know once playoffs come, we can't make many mistakes."

Webber finished with three hits, while McLane went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI and Thompson added three hits and an RBI for Brunswick.

Joe McGhee had three hits and scored the only run for North (7-4) on Steve Heefner's sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Brunswick 12, North 1




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Webber and C. Baugher. Bishop, Long and Rohrer. WP-Webber (5-0). LP-Bishop. HR-B: Webber (5th, two on).

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