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Villagers tomahawk Braves

May 27, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Ryan New and Jeff Kirkpatrick combined on a two-hitter and the Waynesboro Villagers used some timely hitting in the middle of the game to produce a 2-1 victory over the Hagerstown Braves in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game Wednesday at North Hagerstown High School.

New started and gave up only two hits in three scoreless innings before Kirkpatrick came on in the fourth and retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced during his four hitless innings of relief to get the win.

"I just came in and threw strikes," Kirkpatrick said. "I had good control. The defense helped me out a little bit. Hagerstown is one of the big teams in the league. Anytime that you can get a win against them, it is good."

Braves catcher Charlie Drummond was the only batter to reach against Kirkpatrick as he walked twice. Drummond received his first walk with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Drummond advanced two bases on two wild pitches before scoring on a throwing error to give Hagerstown (6-4, 5-4) a 1-0 lead over Waynesboro (4-3).

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Waynesboro scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead a 2-1 lead.

Justin Warner singled to right and Joey Wetherald reached on an infield single to start the rally. Adam Caron sacrificed both runners up one base and Dave McEntire ripped a two-out, two-run triple to center to put the Villagers on top.

"Our pitching has been great all year," Waynesboro manager Ritchie Warner said. "We just haven't been hitting the ball. We finally got some runners on base and we got that big hit when we needed it. Our two-run rally was timely."

McEntire and Wetherald had two hits each for the Villagers.

"We didn't hit the ball," Hagerstown manager Danny Cunningham said. "The league is solid from 1 through 6. If you don't come ready to play, it is going to be a long and frustrating night. The potential is there for us. We have a lot of talent there. We have got to find the right combination to get it going."

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