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Brunswick rallies to take two-game lead on Braves

July 25, 2003|by JACK HILL III

When all else failed for the Brunswick Orioles, they turned to luck.

The Orioles fell behing by four runs early but came back to notch a 5-4 victory over the Hagerstown Braves Thursday at North Hagerstown High School in the second game of the Blue Ridge Adult League championship series.

Brunswick holds a 2-0 lead after gaining a sweep at Hagerstown. The Orioles host the third game of the best-of-7 series tonight at 6:15.

"We had a little luck behind us tonight, because we did not play well," Brunswick manager John Mangold said. "But we pulled it out and that is the sign of a good team."

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All nine runs in the game were unearned as Hagerstown committed four errors, while Brunswick made three.

Brunswick pitcher Ryan Lipscomb fired a three-hitter to outdo Hagerstown starter Jamus Peterman, who entered the game with a 10-0 record.

"Ryan Lipscomb is the reason that we won," Mangold said. "We did not play well behind him early, but he kept his composure and showed how good of a pitcher he is. Jamus Peterman pitched a great game and kept us off-balanced. But we took advantage of their mistakes. We got timely hits and that was the difference. After a tough day yesterday, Jayson Mobley really stepped up and hit the ball well today."

Gerrad Talkington and Mobley had three hits each for the Orioles.

Brunswick scored two runs in the top of the third inning on a dropped pop-up and an RBI double by Corie O'Bryan.

The Orioles added three in the fifth to take the lead, started when Wayne Toms reached second base on a pair of Hagerstown errors. Toms advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Talkington's infield single. Kevin Goode was hit by a pitch and Mobley singled to right to load the bases. One out later, Steve Goode ripped a two-run single to center for the 5-4 lead.

The Braves did all their scoring in the second with the help of four walks and two infield errors. A run-scoring single by Danny Fowler was Hagerstown's only hit in the inning.

"That one hurt tonight," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "We didn't hit the ball. We came out without our bats again. We sat on our lead. Ryan Lipscomb really settled down and threw a nice ball game after the second inning. We're down, but we're not out. We have to come back tomorrow with a good attitude. We had another great outing from a starting pitcher. We didn't support him once again."

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