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Cougars top Roaders in 1A South baseball

May 20, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Will Delawter's opposite field, three-run homer off the scoreboard in the fifth inning was the decisive blow as Catoctin defeated Brunswick 5-2 Monday in the Class 1A South baseball final.

Catoctin will face Elkton today at 4 p.m. in the 1A semifinals at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Md.

Delawter smacked a curve ball from Railroaders starter Brian Baugher down the left field line.

"Baugher, he's throwing 90, 91 (miles per hour) like he has been his last four, five outings," Cougars coach Mike Franklin said. "We knew he threw hard, and Will connected with one."

"He kinda went down and lifted it, he just lifted it over the 325-foot sign down the left-field line," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "It was good piece of hitting, cause I thought it was a great pitch."

Catoctin will face Elkton today at 4 p.m. in the 1A semifinals at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Md.

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Delawter earned the win, throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing five hits and two walks while fanning six. Chad Wolfe retired all five batters he faced - three on strikeouts - for the save.

Baugher went the distance, allowing five hits while fanning 11.

"You saw three fantastic pitchers tonight," Franklin said.

Matt Feldman had two hits and Tommy Blumenauer hit an RBI double in the first inning for Brunswick, which left runners on second and third in the third inning and left the bases loaded in the sixth.

"I have to tip my hat to my pitcher," Dawson said. "He played a terrific game, and unfortunately, we've been the type of team that didn't hit in the clutch, and it continued in this game. They got the clutch hit ... and we didn't."

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