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Braves enjoy evening with Roxbury

June 08, 2000|By JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Braves aren't playing their best yet. But then again, they haven't had to.

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The Braves remained undefeated by getting their sixth league win and their eighth overall win when they beat the Roxbury Royals 11-1 on Thursday night in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game.

The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

"It's nice to come out of the gate with a good start," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "We are not playing our best baseball yet. We're still molding a lot of guys together and getting the feel of each other."

Cunningham is impressed with the talent that he has got on his ballclub.

"I feel that we are definitely improving in our pitching," Cunningham added. "With the long road ahead, it is nice to know that you have got the fresh arms to make it through the season. I think that we have got a solid nucleus of ballplayers that know the game of baseball. We are only going to get better."

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The Braves took the lead for good at 6-1 with a five-run third. Mike Martin snapped the tie by knocking in a run on a sacrifice fly to right. P.J. Hiser followed with a two-run single to left. Pat Sweeney hit a two-run homer to right.

"I felt pretty good," Sweeney said. "I took a couple of weeks off after my college season ended at Frostburg. I am just starting to get back into the groove. That home run was just a good fastball that I could hit. He just threw it down the middle and I got good wood on it."

After scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth, the Braves sealed the victory with a three-run sixth. Sweeney ripped a two-run triple to left and scored the game-ending run on a wild pitch.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Jamus Peterman gave up no walks and only one run, while striking out eight batters, in five innings to get the win. Mike Whiteman pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the Braves.

"I fell behind in the count during the first few innings," Peterman said. "I wasn't loose during the first few innings. Once I started feeling loose, then things started to come together. I was able to get ahead in the count more consistently as the game progressed. I usually get stronger as the game goes on."

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