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Braves back on right foot with another victory

July 02, 2004

BLUE RIDGE BASEBALL



After a six-game losing streak, the Hagerstown Braves have returned to their usual winning ways.

The Braves won their second straight game Thursday, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and earn a 5-3 victory over the Greencastle Athletics in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game at North Hagerstown High School.

Ian Edwards started the fifth-inning rally with an infield single and Mike Kipe was hit by a pitch. After Edwards stole third, Danny Fowler walked to load the bases. Kevin Crawford knocked in Edwards on a groundout to second.

Matt Hess followed with a bad-hop infield single to reload the bases. Trey Cobb's fielder's-choice grounder scored Blair Reynolds with the tying run. Zack Swisher then snapped the tie with a single to left to drive in Fowler, and Cobb scored on the play after a throwing error.

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The Braves (12-14, 14-15) scored in the second when player-manager Danny Cunningham led off with a single to left, took third on Edwards' single to right and scored on Kipe's groundout to short.

"We showed a lot of character coming back the way we did," Cunningham said. "We have been through some tough times during the past couple of weeks, but nobody has quit."

Jamus Peterman (5-4) came on in relief to pitch three scoreless innings and earn the win for the Braves.

"We are starting to play together as a team at the right time," Peterman said. "We are starting to capitalize on the opportunities that we are getting."

- Jack Hill III




YOUTH LEAGUES



District 1 Junior All-Stars


Conococheague 15, Hancock 0: Brian Braswell pitched a no-hitter and struck out seven, while Kory Harp and Brad Hewitt each had three hits and John Moser added two hits for Conococheague.

Conococheague 16, South County 9: Aaron Hershberger had four hits for Conococheague. Eli Beard had two hits for South County.

Hagerstown PONY League


Eagles 6, Goodwill 5: Cody Nelling hit two home runs for Eagles. Aaron Mills had two hits for Goodwill.

Hagerstown Colt League


FOP 11, Elks 4: Sean Engle pitched a complete game with 14 strikeouts while Josh Ruppenthal had three hits for FOP. Brandon Brown and Danny Olson had four hits each for Elks.

American Little League


Funkstown 4, FOP 2: Billy Springirth pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and Nic Martin had two hits for Funkstown.

Hagerstown Palomino


Goodwill Athletic Club 23, Valley Supply 4: David Miner homered twice and Eric McPherson, Jim Bo Harman and Pat Hutzler each had three hits for Goodwill.




LEGION BASEBALL



Mt. Airy 6, Funkstown 3


MOUNT AIRY, Md. - Drew Crawford and Bryson Appel each had two hits for Funkstown in a loss to Mount Airy.

Funkstown ends the first half of the season with a 21-8 record, tied with Mount Airy. The two teams will play a one-game playoff for the first-half championship at a time and date to be announced.

Funkstown also dropped two games in the Winchester Firecracker Tournament, losing to Stafford (Va.), 4-3, and to Hereford, 9-3.




JUNIOR LEGION



Mount Airy 7, Funkstown 6: Tyler Beard, Chad Bikle and Justin Weaver each had two hits and Weaver homered for Funkstown.

Berkeley Post 14 12, Winchester Post 21 7: Kevin Griffin went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, Cody Seibert went 4-for-4, Kirby Anderson and Justin Everhart had two RBI each and Logan Clark and Jesse Simmons each added two hits for Berkeley.




ADULT LEAGUES



Hub City Softball


Funkstown Moose/Remax 17, Hub City Heat 7: Rick Schriever and K.C. Hutzell each had four hits while Brad Weaver and Jeremy Keckler each had three hits for Funkstown Moose/Remax.

Funkstown Moose/Remax 15, Century 21 5: Rick Schriever and Steve Hartle each had four hits for Funkstown Moose, while Scott Remsburg, K.C. Hutzell, Jeremy Keckler and Pork Wallech each had three hits.

Eclipse Nightclub 16, Eddie's Upholstery 12: Phil Fox and Larry Winston had four hits each, Bo Rupp had three and Chad Turner, Steve St. Jean, Chuck Pimbrook and Rich Hayes each added two for Eclipse.

Wash. Co. Co-Ed Softball


Weinterpret.net 17, Arc 16: Matt Wright went 4-for-5 and Karen Booph went 3-for-4 for Weinterpret.net.

Deafnet 14, Keefer's 1: Troy Woods and Gene Mumma each had three hits, including a home run, and Angie Waechter also had three hits for Deafnet.

Bill Baisey Kia 7, Dual Highway Motors 6: Donnie Blickenstaff had three hits for Bill Baisey Kia.

Hagerstown Church Softball


Otterbein 8, Smithsburg Valley 4: Larry Wishard had two hits and three RBI and Nick Maas homered and had three RBI for Otterbein. Matt Poe and Tim Hoover each had three hits for Smithsburg.

Hagerstown Grace 12, Nazarene 10: Blake Gelwicks, Matt Ott, Jeff White and Brian Allen each had three hits for Grace.

Five Forks 21, New Life 9: Brad Livengood had five hits, including a homer, for Five Forks, while Ryan Hunsberger had five hits and Keith Martin and Toby Gift each had four hits. Terry McPherson and Steve Pryor each had four hits for New Life.

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