'Dogs enjoy a Brown-out

April 05, 2001

'Dogs enjoy a Brown-out

Martinsburg senior one-hits Jefferson


Martinsburg 2, No. 3 Jefferson 1



Walls, Mumaw (1), Holmes (5) and Noll. Brown and Twigg. WP-Brown (2-0). LP-Walls (2-1).

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg baseball coach Dennis Etherington said he was going to stay with right-handed pitcher Josh Brown as long as he could Wednesday afternoon against Jefferson.


Seven innings was too long for the No. 3 Cougars.

Brown threw 110 pitches in a one-hitter and struck out eight - seven looking - as the Bulldogs watched two early runs stand up for a 2-1 victory at P.O. Faulkner Park that was Jefferson's first loss of the season.


"That's the way it always is against Jefferson," said Brown, who has allowed just two hits in 14 innings this season. "But we had confidence all day, even at the beginning of school. ... I told them two runs would be enough for us today."

Brown backed up his words in emphatic fashion. His well-placed fastball left Jefferson constantly behind in the count, and a looping curve left batter after batter befuddled and walking back to the dugout.

"We never could get baserunners," Jefferson coach John Lowery said. "He was always ahead in the count and had a good breaking ball. We wanted to be patient but he got ahead. ... It just was not meant to be."

Martinsburg (4-2) got both runs in the first against Sam Walls, who left after just four batters because of a hand problem. Zach Glover singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice fly and scored when Jefferson (7-1) botched a cutoff play with runners on first and third.

Mark Ostrowski later scored off a bleeder by Brett Twigg for a 2-0 lead that never grew after Jefferson relievers Terry Mumaw and Jawaan Holmes stranded 12 runners the rest of the way. It was the first appearance of the season for both sophomores.

"They competed, and that's what I like," Lowery said. "I'm sure they were nervous and had some butterflies today. But I'm real pleased with them."

Just not as pleased as Etherington was with Brown. He found trouble in the fifth when two walks and his only allowed hit - a single to pinch-hitter Kyle Wilt - resulted in a run scored on a grounder by Craig Smith.

"We were going to stay with Josh as long as we could," Etherington said. "Whether you're playing Jefferson or whoever, it's a good learning experience to have the kids get themselves out of trouble sometimes."

With the bases loaded, Brown got Brandon Conway to ground to second, then slammed the door by retiring the last seven, punctuated with back-to-back strikeouts.

"After the fifth, I said I wanted to stay in there," Brown said. "I got myself into it, I wanted to get myself out. Then they told me I had the 7-8-9 hitters ... to just bear down and the defense would get us out of it."

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