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Waynesboro halts Braves' streak at eight

May 31, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The Waynesboro Villagers did the clutch things at the right times on Thursday night in all areas: pitching, hitting and fielding.

It was just enough to stop the Hagerstown Braves' eight-game winning streak.

The Villagers snapped Hagerstown's season-opening tear with a 2-1 victory in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game.

Ryan Devlin got the upper hand in a pitcher's duel as he hurled a five-hitter for Waynesboro.

Hagerstown pitchers P.J. Hiser and Derek Hoffman combined to toss a five-hitter in a losing cause.

Devlin gave up only one run as he struck out six in seven innings for the complete-game win.

"I just wanted to keep the ball low," Devlin said. "I wanted to try to get them to hit it on the ground. We have been doing a good job of fielding the ball all year. So, I just let my fielders do the work. It makes it easier on me."

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Waynesboro (8-2) played error-free defense and turned two double plays.

Hiser did not allow any walks as he pitched five shutout innings for the Braves.

Both teams were locked in a scoreless tie when Hoffman came on in relief for the Braves at the start of the top of the sixth inning.

Waynesboro's offense went to work immediately in the sixth, as Mike Dedona led off with a double to center and went to third on a balk. Catcher Regan Smith, who plays for West Virginia University, followed by blasting a 3-2 pitch to left field for a two-run homer.

Smith led Waynesboro with two hits.

"There weren't going to be too many runs scored since there was some good pitching out there," Waynesboro manager Ritchie Warner. "So, we took advantage of the opportunity when we got it. Regan Smith's two-run homer was super. It was a huge shot. He worked the count until he got the pitch that he wanted and then he crushed it."

Hagerstown (8-1, 7-1 league) got its only run in the bottom of the sixth. Hiser led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a single to right by Nate Reeser. Hiser scored on a double-play grounder.

Mike Spry and Reeser got two hits each for Hagerstown.

"We hit the ball pretty hard, but we hit it right at people," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "We only gave them two runs tonight, but we only scored one run.

"This was a good early test for us. Maybe this will pick our guys up."




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Waynesboro 2, Hagerstown 1

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Devlin and Smith. Hiser, Hoffman (6) and J. Showe. WP - Devlin. LP - Hoffman. HR - W: Smith (6th, one on).

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