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Braves remain perfect

June 03, 2003|By JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Braves remained undefeated with a come-from-behind 10-4 victory over the Fayetteville AA's on Monday night in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game at North Hagerstown High School.

The victory marked the 200th career coaching win for Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham.

"The layoff from the rain didn't affect our hitting," Cunningham said. "We have come through with the big hits during our last two games. We have guys that have been putting the ball in play. You can't ask for much more."

The Braves (6-0, 5-0) erased an early 4-1 deficit with a pair of four-run innings in the third and fourth.

Hagerstown loaded the bases with one out in the third when Pat Sweeney hit an RBI infield single and P.J. Hiser drew a walk to force home a run. Zack Swisher drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center that alsoadvanced Sweeney to third. Hiser stole second, and on the play, Sweeney scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error.

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After Trey Cobb drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, Mike Spry ripped a two-run single to left to extend the Braves' lead to 8-4. Sweeney followed with an RBI single.

"Those two innings were important," Spry said. "If one guy doesn't hit well, then the other guys can pick him up. With a team like this, we can come back from three runs down."

Hagerstown leadoff batter Kevin Crawford went 3-for-3 with three runs and two steals. Both Spry and Sweeney had two hits and two RBI.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Matt Bellon won his first start of the season as he retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced during his six innings of work. Nathan Butts came on to pitch a scoreless seventh.

Fayetteville player-manager Casey Brookens got two hits, while Brett Sellers added a two-run single for the AA's.

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