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Braves win two to claim Maryland crown

August 20, 2000

Braves win two to claim Maryland crown



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


The number 19 was very for the Hagerstown Braves on Saturday.

Hagerstown scored 19 runs in each of its two games during the Maryland State Final Four en route to the state championship, defeating the Tri-State Titans of Cumberland 19-15 in the semifinals and outslugging Digital Wireless of Bel Air 19-14 in the final. The championship is the first for Hagerstown.

"It is a great feeling," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "This is the third time that we have been in the state tournament.

"The third time was the charm. To beat a team like Digital Wireless is a great accomplishment in itself."

P.J. Hiser went 8-for-11 on the day with nine RBI and six runs scored. Hiser blasted three two-run homers in the title game.

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"I just got good pitches to hit," Hiser said. "I just hit the pitches where they were thrown. It feels good to come through when the team really needs me. We have got a good hitting team. There are a lot of good sticks in the batting order."

"The guys came swinging today," Cunningham said. "We were waiting all year for everybody to hit together and it happened tonight. I am really proud of these guys."

Cunningham added three RBI and scored three times in the championship.

Hagerstown trailed Digital Wireless by four runs on three different occasions before finally taking the lead for good, 16-14, in the top of the fifth inning.

Nate Reeser pitched five scoreless innings of relief against Digital Wireless, giving up only two hits and striking out six for the win.

"I saw that they were hitting the curveball pretty good," Reeser said. "So I just tried to spot my fastball to open things up and keep them off-balance. I had great defense behind me with a couple of clutch double plays."

Reeser added a solo homer in the first to get the Braves' bats started.

"Our players just kept scoring runs," Reeser said. "We just never died. Every player on the team did a great job for the whole year."

Mike Martin went 6-for-12 with six RBI, while Kevin Crawford scored seven runs in the two games.

Pat Sweeney had four hits and four RBI against Tri-State. Scott Frye added three hits and got the save in relief of Deron Crawford in the opener.

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Hagerstown 19, Digital Wireless 14

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Peterman, Hiser (2), Reeser (5) and Hearn, Cunningham (4). Kalista, GildeLeon (4) and J. Miller. WP - Reeser. LP - GildeLeon. HR - H: Reeser (1st, none on); Hiser (2nd, one on), (3rd, one on; 7th, one on). DW - Westervelt (1st, one on), Fairweather (1st, one on), Batten (2nd, two on).

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