Braves shut down Villagers

June 05, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Ian Edwards scattered seven hits and allowed only one unearned run to help the Hagerstown Braves to a 9-1 victory over the Waynesboro Villagers in a Blue Ridge Adult League game at North Hagerstown High School on Sunday.

"It was a gutsy performance by Edwards," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "He has been a relief pitcher all his life. This year, he has accepted the starting pitcher's role well. He gets up in the count and he moves the ball around a little bit."

Waynesboro (2-5, 2-5) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Eli Rock scored on a single to left by Andrew Caron.

The lead was short-lived as the Braves (13-5, 5-3) scored two in the bottom of the first, more than enough cushion for Edwards (2-0) to work with.


With two outs, Trey Cobb reached on a throwing error and scored on Cunningham's double to the left-field corner. Cunningham eventually scored on a single to center by Keith Kellinger.

The Braves added four runs in the second to pad their lead to 6-1. Matt Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk, Cobb came through with a two-run single to center and Cunningham knocked in a run on a groundout to the shortstop.

"This team is just starting to peak," Cunningham said. "They don't know how good they can be. We have a good mix of young guys and older guys. It is just taking a little while to get familiar with each other. I am expecting good things out of this group."

Tim Kellinger delivered a two-run single in the fifth and Keith Kellinger added an RBI single in the sixth for the Braves' final three runs.

Matt Hess and Keith Kellinger each had two hits for the Braves.

Jeff Kirkpatrick and Rock each had two hits for the Villagers.

"Today, we came out and we swung the bats real well," Cunningham said. "We got a good lead. You have to put a lot of runs on the board against Waynesboro, because they can hit."

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