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Webber finishes what he starts for Brunswick

May 21, 2001

Webber finishes what he starts for Brunswick



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

1A South Baseball Final

Brunswick 4

Glenelg 2

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Bowen and LaHayne. Webber, D. Baugher (6), Goode (7) and Chris Baugher. WP - Goode. LP - Bowen. HR - G: Forney (7th, none on); B: Webber (8th, one on).



Alan Webber got a chance to finish at the plate what an injury prevented him from finishing on the mound, and with one swing, Brunswick made it to the state semifinals for the ninth time in 13 years.

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Webber's two-run homer to dead center with one out in the bottom of the eighth gave the Railroaders a 4-2 victory over Glenelg Friday in the Class 1A South final.

"He's hit five home runs this year," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said of Webber. "You get the ball in the wrong place, he'll hit it out.

"When you get this far along, it's about who gets the big play."

In a game full of big plays, none was bigger than Webber's blast against Glenelg lefty starter Chris Bowen.

Bowen, who gave up RBI singles to Chris Baugher and Joe Rusenko in the first inning, got stronger as the game wore on.

He held Webber to one single in his first three at-bats while getting him to chase and miss several high fastballs. But after Webber missed another fastball on the first pitch from Bowen in the eighth, he hammered the next one well over the fence in center, setting off a Railroaders celebration.

"I was sitting on it," Webber said. "I just had a feeling he was going to throw it. ... he wanted to try to blow it past me."

Webber held Glenelg scoreless on three hits and a walk in the first five innings, relying on his own high fastball.

He got help from his defense, most notably in the fourth inning, when right fielder Andy Maught caught Rob LaHayne's fly ball and threw to third baseman Rusenko to gun down T.J. Kuczarski for a 9-5 double play that quieted a two-on, no-out Glenelg rally.

But Webber strained a muscle on the left side of his ribs in the second inning, and moved to centerfield in the sixth.

"After the fifth inning, I told coach I couldn't do it anymore, and to bring someone else in," Webber said.

Danny Baugher came on and got two outs before giving up Bowen's single and LaHayne's double, putting runners on second and third.

Ryan Hollrah followed with a grounder up the middle that second baseman Matt Lastner made a diving stop on, but Hollrah's head-first slide into first just beat the throw and Bowen scored to cut the lead to 2-1.

Chris Forney led off the seventh with a towering homer to left just over the fence, tying the game.

"It was just a curve ball that didn't hit its spot," Dawson said.

Kevin Goode relieved and gave up one single while striking out three in the seventh and eighth innings for the win.

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