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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."

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"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

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

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