No hits, no problem for Braves

June 07, 2004|by JACK HILL III


Any good baseball team will take advantage of what it's given in the course of a game.

Unable to get a hit off Jefferson pitcher Jim Hardy, the Hagerstown Braves took advantage of five walks and two hit batsmen in the first inning to take a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in a Blue Ridge Adult League game at North Hagerstown High School on Sunday.

Hagerstown (10-5, 8-4) scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the first. Kevin Crawford led off with a walk and Trey Cobb reached on a fielder's choice. Cobb took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk before Charlie Drummond drew a walk.

Drummond took second and Cobb scored on a double steal before Zack Swisher walked and John Quail was hit by a pitch to load the bases.


J.R. Fitzwater walked to bring home Drummond and Mike Kipe reached on an error to plate Swisher. One out later, Quail came home on Fowler's walk and Fitzwater scored when Crawford was hit by a pitch.

Nathan Butts (3-0) and Deron Crawford combined on a six-hitter with seven strikeouts for the Braves.

"I spotted my fastball pretty well," Butts said. "It's a big help when you get a lot of runs like that early. It makes you relax a little bit more out there."

"We have some guys on the pitching staff that can throw well for us every day," Hagerstown coach Danny Cunningham said. "Now it's just a matter of getting the bats rolling."

The loss in Hardy's no-hit game is indicative of the Dodgers' season. They fell to 0-11.

The victory is the 900th in Hagerstown Braves history.

"It is a great milestone win," Cunningham said. "It is a good thing that Reno Powell started the Hagerstown Braves back in 1977. When he started the Braves, he started a winning team. It is a tribute to Reno Powell and an honor to play for the Braves."

Brunswick 5, Greencastle 3

Buzzy Jackson and Abe Haceen combined for nine strikeouts and Andy Maught went 2-for-3 to lead the Brunswick Orioles (9-1) over the Greencastle Athletics.


Halfway Little League

Gehr 5, Lions 2: Brandon McCauley and Chris McSherry combined on a three-hitter, while McSherry, Shane Muldoon and Dylan Zimmerman each had two hits for Gehr. Henry Gigeous had two hits, including a home run, for Lions.

West End Little League

Moose 13, Stags 4: Josh Smith had three hits, including a home run, for Moose.

Valley Little League

F&M Bank 7, Total Lube 1: Jack Schwartz had three hits, while Andrew Michael, Luke Slick and Garrett Dick each had two for F&M. Kasey Raios had three hits for Total Lube.

Washington County Girls Softball

Middle School Division

Mid-Atlantic Orthopaedic 21, Ernst Market 1: Minta Lovell and Rachel Amalfitano combined on a no-hitter for Mid-Atlantic. Carrie Johnson, Susana Brown and Destanie Agee had three hits each and Alyssa Collier added two for Mid-Atlantic. One of Johnson's hits was a home run.

Senior Interleague

Bowman Sales 12, Mr. Natural's 2: Geo Perez, Tyler Spigler, Jason Rickard and Matt Coates each had two hits for Bowman. Scott Mummert and Ryan Harbaugh each had two hits for Mr. Natural's.

Hagerstown Colt League

B.J.'s Custon Creations 2, UAW 1: Sean Dixon threw a complete game, scattering six hits, while Ben Walzl had two hits for B.J.'s. Cody Poffenberger had two hits for UAW.

Goodwill AC 10, FOP 4: Keith King struck out 13 and Matt Stevens had three hits for Goodwill. King and Chuck Dobson each had two hits. Chris Brashears had two hits for FOP.

Hagerstown Palomino League

UAW 7, Waynesboro 6: Josh Daniels threw a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and Andrew Merbaugh drove in two runs for UAW. Cody Aughinbaugh had two hits for Waynesboro.

Goodwill AC 7, Dynamark 4: Dustin Stottlemyer had two hits and two RBI, while Jordan Beard and David Miner each added two hits for Goodwill.

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