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Hagerstown Braves sweep

Sweeney knocks in seven as Hagerstown stretches season-opening win streak to four.

Sweeney knocks in seven as Hagerstown stretches season-opening win streak to four.

May 20, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Braves swept away the Roxbury Royals 15-2 and 20-0 on Sunday afternoon in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball doubleheader.

Both games were stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Cleanup hitter Pat Sweeney went 4-for-8 on the day with seven RBI and three runs scored for Hagerstown (4-0).

"I think that it was good to see, because we won a few close games," Sweeney said. "Today was a breakout day for everybody. I think that it will be a good confidence-builder for us. Hopefully, that will carry over into the upcoming games this week."

Braves' player-manager Danny Cunningham reached base all six times on the day. Cunningham finished with four RBI as he rapped out three hits to go along with getting two walks and hit by a pitch.

One of Cunningham's hits was a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning of the second game. Trey Cobb immediately followed that with a solo homer of his own.

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"It took us a while to get started, but we swung the bats real well today," Cunningham said.

"Everybody in the lineup contributed. We got the hits when we needed them. The reserves came in and swung the bat well. That gives us more options and it shows you how deep that we are."

During the first game, Kevin Crawford and Chris Black had three hits each for Hagerstown. Crawford also added four RBI and scored three runs.

Nathan Butts was the winning pitcher as he struck out nine batters and only allowed one walk in five innings.

Zack Swisher, Trey Cobb and Jon Showe all had two RBI and two runs scored in the second game for the Braves. Matt Bragunier and Brian Smith combined to hurl a shutout. Bragunier pitched the first three innings as he got the win. Smith came on in relief and retired all six batters that he faced during the final two innings, including three strikeouts.

The Braves did not commit a single error during the entire doubleheader.

Roxbury leadoff batter Andy Osbaugh had three hits in the first game, including a two-run double.

Hagerstown 15-20, Roxbury 2-0

Game 1

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Osbaugh, Sabrito (4) and Wenger. Butts and J. Showe. WP - Butts. LP - Osbaugh.

Game 2

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Robinson, Hockenberry (2), J. Greenawalt (3) and Wenger, Green (3). Bragunier, Smith (4) and A. Showe. WP - Bragunier. LP - Robinson. HR - H: Cunningham (2nd, two on), Cobb (2nd, none on).

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