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Braves fall to Fayetteville

June 20, 2000|By JACK HILL III

The Fayetteville AA's were minutes away from a nine-run loss to the Hagerstown Braves.

With the arrival of one player, the AA's erased those prospects and turned the tables on the Braves.

Fayetteville's ninth player arrived just before game time to avoid a forfeit and the AA's responded by banging out 15 hits to beat the Braves 12-1 in the Blue Ridge Adult Baseball League at Municipal Stadium Tuesday.

"It would have been easy for us to bag it and go home early," Fayetteville player-manager Marty Rosenberry said. "It showed a lot of character on our guys' part. We had a few players that played with some sore muscles. I have to give credit to our hitters. They hit the ball well against two of the best pitchers in the league, Mike Whiteman and Deron Crawford."

Rosenberry scattered six hits, walked one and struck out eight in six innings for the complete-game win.

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Seven of Fayetteville's 15 hits went for extra bases.

Scott Folmar went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI for Fayetteville (8-6, 8-6). Chaz Runk ripped three hits, while Justin Flook and Bill Etter added two hits each. Both Flook and Runk had two RBI.

Atlee Martz had two hits and drove in the only run for Hagerstown (14-2, 12-2).

"We were flat," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "We actually thought that we weren't going to be playing. Since Fayetteville only had eight players for a while, we thought that it was going to be a forfeit. That ninth player showed up at the last minute for them. Since we waited around for a while, that might have kept us from preparing in the best possible way."

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