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Orioles still have Braves' number

June 11, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Braves were victims of the long ball Saturday afternoon against the Brunswick Orioles.

The Orioles slugged three home runs and beat the Braves 7-5 in nine innings in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Corey O'Bryan walked and Kevin Goode followed with a two-run homer to left-center for the winning runs.

"We had the right men in the right spots, and we got a little bit of help from the wind," Brunswick player-manager Scott Frye said. "Everything seemed to go their way in the first few innings. But then in the last few innings, everything seemed to go our way. This year's Brunswick team is in good spirits. We have the right people leading the team both on the field and off the field."

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Hagerstown (13-7, 5-5 BRAL) has suffered three of its five league losses to Brunswick (8-0, 8-0).

Brunswick relief pitcher Ryan Lipscomb hurled 5 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Lipscomb retired Hagerstown in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the victory.

The Orioles came back from an early 5-1 deficit, scoring two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

O'Bryan led off the sixth for Brunswick with a solo homer to left. Frye later scored the Orioles' other run when Wayne Toms hit a sacrifice fly to left field.

Andy Maught walked to start the seventh for Brunswick. Jayson Mobley then belted a two-run homer to right to tie the score at 5-5.

After Mobley's blast, Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham replaced starter Josh Bowers, who had thrown 146 pitches, with Steve Kozak.

"I kind of lost it for the team," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "I should have went with Kozak earlier. It was a bad pitching move. I thought that Lipscomb pitched well in relief for them. Sooner or later, we're going to beat them. I can't take anything away from Brunswick. They swing the bats."

Kozak held Brunswick scoreless until the ninth.

Hagerstown got its first two runs in the third on an RBI double by Tim Kellinger and a sacrifice fly by Keith Kellinger.

The Braves scored their other three runs in the fourth. Kevin Crawford was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Tim Kellinger hit a two-run single.

Toms had three hits for Brunswick.

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