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Main's the man for Brunswick

April 28, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Brunswick's Main man mystified No. 9 Boonsboro on Wednesday evening.

Railroaders ace Aaron Main shut the Warriors down on three hits and blasted a mammoth home run in the third inning, leading the way to a 5-0 victory and a season sweep of Boonsboro.

Main walked four and struck out 10, employing a mid-80s fastball with a hard-breaking slider that he was not afraid to throw in any count.

"I thought my curveball was working well when I was throwing it right," Main said. "I lost command of it a little, but when I was throwing it right it was my dominant pitch."

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"He has a slider, and when it's working it's a deadly pitch," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "He has an 86- or 87-mile-per-hour fastball, but when he can get the slider going, he's tough."

The loss left the Warriors (10-4, 8-3) one game behind North Hagerstown and Williamsport in the MVAL Antietam standings, with the Wildcats set to travel to Boonsboro for a key showdown Friday.

"It makes it an important game to see where we're at, to play a good team and see if we can rebound after a loss," said Warriors coach Brian Smith.

Brunswick (8-6, 6-4) got to Boonsboro starter Zac Shifler early, as Andrew Derr, Jim Secoges, Josh Via and Pat Curry all singled in the first inning to score two runs and give Main a cushion.

"We hit the ball hard in the first couple of innings," Dawson said. "When you give Main a couple to work with, he can dig in and be pretty darn tough."

Main's third-inning lead-off blast traveled well beyond the fence in left for a 3-0 lead, and the Railroaders took advantage of Main's triple, singles by Curry and Justen Smith and three Boonsboro errors for two more runs in the fifth inning.

That was more than enough for Main to go the distance. Jeremiah Mills, Kyle Kane and Cody Poffenberger had the three hits - all singles - off the Brunswick junior.

"We knew coming in that he hadn't thrown in a couple of days," Smith said. "We expected him to throw well, and we didn't rise to the challenge."

"We've had him up since he was a freshman, and he's starting to season a little bit and show he's a veteran," Dawson said. "I think they have a pretty good team, and we're tickled to death to sweep them."

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