Brunswick's 'D' brings smile to coach

March 24, 2001

Brunswick's 'D' brings smile to coach


Brunswick 12, North 6



Goode, D. Baugher (6) and C. Baugher, Bowman (7). Bellon, Watters (4), Poffenberger (5), Hawkins (7) and Long. WP - Goode (1-0). LP - Bellon (0-1). HR - B: Rusenko (7th, none on).

The Brunswick baseball team is rarely at a loss for offense. And coach Roger Dawson will take his chances any day with his pitching duo of Alan Webber and Kevin Goode.

But if there was one unknown for the Railroaders entering Friday's season opener at North Hagerstown it was their defense, particularly in the infield.


The Railroaders had four new starters in the infield, but they looked as though they had been together for ages as they backed up a strong pitching performance by Goode in a 12-6 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win.

Oh, the trademark Brunswick offense was there as well, knocking out 17 hits against four North pitchers on a cold, blustery day.

Webber and Goode did much of the damage. Webber had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBI, while Goode had three hits. Joe Rusenko, the Railroaders' new third baseman, had four hits, including a solo home run in the seventh, and drove in three runs.

"Rusenko is a kid that nobody knows, but he's a very high caliber player," Dawson said. "He's going to be a main part of the punch in our lineup."

However, it was the defense of Rusenko, shortstop Joe Secages, second baseman Matt Lastner and first baseman Brian Baugher that had Dawson smiling Friday, making it easier for him to forget Willie McLane, Brad Gaither, Justin Wilt and Andy Maught - his infield from a year ago.

"That infield, we had an all-MVAL quartet. I knew it was going to be tough to replace all of them," Dawson said. "Our big question was our infield play ... and I'm tickled to death with how they played. They proved that they can get it done."

That infield had to get it done from the start. The Hubs came out swinging in the first as leadoff hitter Matt Hess doubled and scored on a Matt Johnson base hit. But North couldn't capitalize with the bases loaded as Nathan Strock grounded into a third-to-home-to-first `double play to end the inning.

North had another opportunity against Goode in the second. Chris Schildt reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third when a pair of walks loaded the bases. Schildt scored on a groundout, but Goode whiffed Johnson with runners on second and third to end that threat.

Goode settled in after that, not allowing another hit over his last three innings. Rusenko and Secages helped the cause with several sprawling and diving stops on the left side of the infield.

"We just left too many men on base early," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "They got the momentum and held onto it. They made the plays when they needed to and we didn't."

Brunswick went in front to stay in the third when Goode reached on an error and scored on a double by Chris Baugher. Baugher and Rusenko scored on Webber's second double of the game.

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