Crawford, Reeser do it all for Braves

August 05, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Braves pitcher Deron Crawford allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings and the Hagerstown Braves shut out the Brunswick Orioles 2-0 in Game 1 of the Blue Ridge Adult League championship series Saturday at North Hagerstown.

Nate Reeser's two-run double in the third inning were the only runs Crawford (4-1) needed, as he outdueled Brunswick starter Scott Frye.

"Some days are good and other days are lucky," Crawford said. "This was a day that I was lucky. I didn't have good stuff today. They hit a couple of balls hard with guys on base. I was fortunate that they hit them right at people."

"Deron really gutted it out for us today," Braves manager Danny Cunningham said. "After the first two innings, he settled down and found the strike zone."


Reeser struck out the only two batters he faced in relief of Crawford in the seventh for Hagerstown (38-6).

"My arm felt really good," Reeser said. "It was nice and loose. My velocity was good. I got ahead of both batters and it makes it a lot easier to pitch."

Mike Spry and Chris Black got two hits each for the Braves. John Tsikerdanos led the Orioles with two hits.

"We didn't get the breaks today," Brunswick manager John Mangold said. "They had some balls fall in; we didn't. That's the difference."

The second game of the best-of-7 series is at North Hagerstown today at 2 p.m.

Blue Ridge Baseball Championship Series

Hagerstown 2, Brunswick 0

Brunswick 000 000 0 - 0 4 0

Hagerstown 002 000 x - 2 7 0

Frye and Tsikerdanos. D. Crawford, Reeser (7) and Cunningham. WP - D. Crawford (4-1). LP - Frye. S - Reeser.

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