Railroaders get message, knock Warriors off track

May 11, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - After managing just two hits in a 2-1 loss to Winters Mill on Friday, Brunswick coach Roger Dawson scorched his team for its inconsistency.

"After the loss against Winters Mill, I was really strict when I talked to the guys," Dawson said. "I told them that how we played was not Brunswick baseball and that we need to get back to basics of playing the game."

Dawson must have touched the nerves of his players because the Railroaders responded with a 23-8 thumping of Boonsboro in MVAL Antietam action on Monday.

The Railroaders (5-13, 3-10) batted around in both the fourth and fifth innings, sending 24 batters to the plate to produce 18 runs on 12 hits.


"Once we got guys on base, we got some big hits to drive them in," said Dawson. "We've struggled with leaving guys on base for a lot of the year, but we finally got it together and I was tickled with how well we did."

"We hung in there for the first couple of innings, but once they got an opportunity, they took it and they really put it on us," said Boonsboro coach Brian Smith.

After keeping the Railroaders off the board in the top of the first, the Warriors (7-12, 3-10) grabbed a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run by starting pitcher Jay Love.

Brunswick answered with five runs in the top of the second, highlighted by Preston Tarleton's grand slam, to give the 'Roaders a 5-3 advantage. Tarleton later launched a solo homer for his fifth of the year. He finished with four hits and six RBI.

"If (Preston) gets hot, then he's a real tough out," said Dawson. "He's one of our biggest bats and he's capable of hitting one out everytime he gets up."

The Warriors showed signs of resiliance, though, plating two more in the bottom half of the second to forge a 5-5 tie.

The Warriors took the lead back in the fourth when Love tripled to deep right-center field and scored on Cody Poffenberger's single.

After that, Boonsboro got washed away as Brunswick opened the floodgates.

"It was disappointing because we did make good contact with the ball," Smith said. "The thing about it was we hit 10 great balls that went just foul and they hit 10 balls hard in play. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."

Blaine Keyser had three hits and drove in five runs, while Josh Via, Greg Lowery, Patrick Curry, Justen Smith, Jeff Myers and Aaron Main all added two hits for the Brunswick. Myers and Main, the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, each scored four runs.

Love finished a single shy of the cycle and Jeremiah Mills added two hits for the Warriors.

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