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Braves threepeat in BRAL

July 12, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Braves like a threepeat better than a repeat.

The Braves won their third straight regular-season baseball championship in the Blue Ridge Adult League with an 11-6 win over the Chambersburg Rockies on Thursday night at North Hagerstown High School.

"The guys have been real dedicated and I am extremely proud of their effort," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "It feels good, but this is the first step."

The Braves (33-5, 27-3) close out their regular season with a doubleheader at Brunswick on Sunday at 3 p.m. Hagerstown gets a bye in the first round of the league playoffs and then it will begin postseason play in the semifinals.

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It took Hagerstown a little while to get the title-clinching win, after busting a 6-6 tie with Chambersburg (18-10) after 5 1/2 innings. The Braves snapped the tie during the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring five runs on six hits.

Chris Black got an RBI single to center, Nate Reeser hit a two-run single down the right field line, Pat Sweeney got a sacrifice fly to center and Jon Showe had an RBI single to left.

Reeser finished with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate with four RBI and four runs scored, while Trey Cobb banged out three hits for the Braves.

"I was just seeing the ball well tonight," Reeser said. "I was definitely getting ahead in the count every time up. That definitely helps me out when everybody in the lineup is hitting the ball well. I think that we're doing a good job. There has been quite a few new guys this year and they have been a good addition to the team."

Black and Sweeney got two RBI each and P.J. Hiser added two hits for the Braves. It was the 12th regular season title for Hagerstown since it joined the league in 1977.




Braves 11, Rockies 6

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Ramsey, Hatmaker (6) and Martin. Bellon, Butts (7) and Cunningham, Showe (6). WP-Bellon. LP-Ramsey. HR-H: Reeser (1st, none on).

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