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Braves complete Blue Ridge sweep

August 11, 2000

Braves complete Blue Ridge sweep



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some things never change.

The Hagerstown Braves won their 11th baseball tournament title in the Blue Ridge Adult League by completing a four-game sweep of the Chambersburg Rockies with a 2-1 victory Friday night.

It was also their seventh tournament title in the past 12 years.

The Braves qualify for the Maryland State Tournament and will host the Tri-State Titans of Cumberland in a state quarterfinal game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Stadium.

If Hagerstown wins the quarterfinal, it will then advance to the Maryland State Final Four, which will be played on Aug. 19 at Municipal Stadium, beginning with the semifinals. The final will be held in the evening.

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Hagerstown (41-6) finished the regular season as the state's top-ranked team.

"It is a new game with the start of wooden bats this year," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "We were definitely up for the challenge when we won 41 games. It is a great atmosphere here and that is the key.

"If we keep pulling in these good young ballplayers, the tradition is going to continue. I am pretty sure that the older guys are going to stick around with them. They are not ready to give it up."

P.J. Hiser gave up only one earned run and two hits, while striking out six batters, in five innings to get the win for Hagerstown. Jamus Peterman retired all six batters that he faced in two innings of relief to get the save.

Hagerstown got its only two runs in the top of the third inning on RBI singles by Mike Martin and Nate Reeser.

"When we had two outs in the third, we never died," Reeser said. "We just looked for the opportunities and we capitalized on them."

"We got great pitching the whole through the series," Martin said. "We got the timely hits when we needed them."

Chambersburg (23-13) got its only run in the fourth on a solo homer by Aaron Edwards.

Reeser batted .500 (6-for-12) and Mike Martin batted .438 (7-for-16) in the championship series.

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