Reeser, Braves avoid elimination in series

August 09, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Down, but not out. That's what the Hagerstown Braves proved on Thursday night in the Blue Ridge Adult League championship series.

Facing elimination, Nate Reeser pitched a complete game and also contributed offensively to help the Braves defeat the Brunswick Orioles 5-2 in Game 5 of the best-of-7 series at North Hagerstown High School.

Brunswick (33-10) leads Hagerstown (39-9) in the series, 3-2. Game 6 is tonight at Brunswick at 7 p.m.

After giving up a run in the first inning, Reeser settled down to allow one other run while striking out 14 and walking one.

"I was able to throw strikes," Reeser said. "The defense was able to make some nice plays and bail me out of a few situations. I rebounded from that first inning and I was able to stay focused after that. I was just getting ahead of the hitters and it makes it a lot easier to pitch."


Reeser had two hits and an RBI, while Chris Black and Jon Showe added two hits each for the Braves.

Hagerstown tied the score with a run in the second when Reeser led off with an infield single and scored on Showe's RBI single.

The Braves snapped the tie with a four-run third on RBI hits by Pat Sweeney, Reeser, Mike Spry and P.J. Hiser.

"This was an important game and it will give us a little bit of confidence when we go to Brunswick," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "We strung together some hits tonight. We had a big inning and that was huge for us. It was overdue."

"Once we got down, it was difficult to come back because Reeser was throwing so well," Brunswick manager John Mangold said.

Blue Ridge Baseball Championship Series

Hagerstown 5, Brunswick 2

Game 5

Brunswick 100 001 0 - 2 7 3

Hagerstown 014 000 x - 5 9 0

Gigandet, Tucker (3) and Tsikerdanos. Reeser and Showe. WP - Reeser. LP - Gigandet.

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