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Orioles shut out Braves in adult league playoffs

July 23, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Scott Frye pitched a four-hit shutout to help the Brunswick Orioles blank the Hagerstown Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night in the first game of the Blue Ridge Adult League baseball championship series at North Hagerstown High School.

The second game of the series will be played tonight at 6 at North Hagerstown High School.

Frye issued one walk and struck out six batters in seven innings.

"I had the defense behind me on every play," Frye said. "Everybody gave 110 percent. Everything just came together when we needed it to. We hit when we needed to and we played defense when we needed to."

Frye said he was happy with his pitching performance.

"My arm felt strong until the seventh inning," Frye added. "I pitched the game that I wanted to pitch. I hit my spots and I threw the pitches that I wanted to throw."

Frye retired 11 of the first 13 batters as he raised his record to 7-0.

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Hagerstown pitcher Pat Sweeney gave up two earned runs in seven innings.

"Scott Frye did all right," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "I thought that it was a great pitchers' duel out there. Hats off to Pat Sweeney. Pat threw a nice ballgame himself. That was the first time that we have not hit the ball in a long time. That's not a good sign. We have got to do a better job of supporting our pitching."

Hagerstown won the regular-season title with a 25-3 league record, tying a team record for fewest losses in a season. The 1981 Hagerstown Braves went 31-3.

"We better come out swinging tomorrow," Cunningham added. "We have got to get on them early."

The Orioles got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Frye singled to right to drive in Kevin Goode.

They added a run in the third when Gerrad Talkington scored on a single to center by Doug Stottlemyer.

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