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Brunswick edges Williamsport

May 05, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT - All rules of baseball justice nearly went out the dugout door on Friday.

Brunswick was barely successful by following the law of averages. Williamsport lost out by following the law of Murphy.

The Railroaders leaned on their trademark offense to blast four home runs and score often while the Wildcats' attempt to force Brunswick play defense blew up in their faces. The end result was a wild 15-13 victory of Brunswick, which guaranteed at least a tie for the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title for the Railroaders.

"We hit the baseball," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "We average 12 hits and 11 runs a game. It was a matter of shutting them down."

Brunswick didn't do it, but it wasn't for the usual reasons. By unanimous vote, everyone knows Brunswick (16-1) is going to score runs at will ... the Railroaders' defense has been suspect. Williamsport tried to use Brunswick's defense against it only to negate the game plan by committing six costly errors.

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"We knew they were going to score. We've played them four times and they have scored 15,15, 12 and 11 runs against us," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "We wanted to force the game with bunts and steals, but you can't do that when you get behind. We didn't help our pitcher with (six) errors ... and that was being kind."

Williamsport (10-5) used bunts and stolen bases to pressure Brunswick starter Willie McLane in the first two innings and take a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Wildcats got an RBI double by Josh Berger in the first and highlighted a three-run second with Ryan Grabill's suicide squeeze bunt.

But Brunswick failed to commit errors. Williamsport didn't.

The Wildcats booted the ball twice to lead off the third inning, opening the door for the Railroaders to score six unearned runs off starter Jason Embry and take a 6-4 lead. Brad Gaither got the big hit with a run-scoring double.

Then it turned into Brunswick's style of game as the home runs started to fly. Matt Allen hit a solo shot for the Wildcats in the third, but it was countered with back-to-back homers by Allan Webber and the first of two shots by Andy Maught to maintain an 8-5 edge.

About the only batter not to homer was Kevin Goode, who is tied for Maryland's all-time career home run record. Williamsport held him in check as he went 1-for-1 with a double and four walks.

Brunswick held a 11-5 lead in the sixth when McLane tired and Goode relieved. Williamsport overcame its errors to make a run with a two-run sixth.

But Williamsport committed three errors in the seventh, allowing four Brunswick runs, including a two-run homer by Maught and a solo shot by Chris Hill.

Still, Williamsport wasn't out of it. The Wildcats scores six in the seventh - including a grand slam by Grabill - forcing Dawson to look to pitching ace Webber to come on to seal the game.

Williamsport fell short despite collecting 16 hits, including three each by Les Martin, Ryan Gross, Allen and Grabill.

"(Williamsport) is a (heck) of a ball team," Dawson said. "It just goes to show you, it isn't over until it's over."

Brunswick 15, Williamsport 13

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McLane, Goode (6), Webber (7) and Baugher; Embly, Gross (4), Wilson (5), Anders (7) and Allen, Benchoff (5). WP-McLane. LP-Embly. HR - B: Maught 2 ( 4th, none on; 7th, one on); Webber (4th, none on) Hill (7th, none on). W: Allen (3rd, none on); Grabill (7th, three on.)

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