Brunswick blanks Hagerstown

August 07, 2002|by JACK HILL III

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Lefty starter John Sechler pitched a complete game, six-hit shutout as the Brunswick Orioles defeated the Hagerstown Braves 5-0 in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Blue Ridge Adult League championship series, taking the series lead, 2-1.

"It is anybody's series, but it was a big game to win," Sechler said. "I just wanted to keep the ball down and mix up my pitches. I felt good for the whole game. But with a good team like Hagerstown, they are capable of popping up with a couple of runs easily."

Brunswick manager John Mangold was impressed with Sechler's performance.

"It was an awesome win," Mangold said. "It was just a beautiful game on the mound. The last two times he pitched against them, they really hit him around. The key tonight for John w as that he was able to get his curveball over consistently. That gave him a third pitch. They couldn't sit on any one of them."


"We didn't hit the ball," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "We didn't come ready to play. Hats off to John Sechler. He threw a good ballgame. We have got to hope for a split tomorrow. We have got to come out ready to play."

Brunswick (32-9) got on the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the third inning against Hagerstown (38-8) on a two-run single by Jayson Mobley, a throwing error and an RBI single by Kevin Goode.

The Orioles got their final run in the fifth when John West led off with a double to right and scored on a single by Corey O'Bryan, who had three hits.

The fourth game of the series is tonight at 7 p.m. at Brunswick.

Blue Ridge Baseball Championship Series

Brunswick 5, Hagerstown 0



Sweeney, Bellon (6) and Cunningham. Sechler and Mangold. WP - Sechler (7-3). LP - Sweeney.

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