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Braves deliver victory with pitching, hot bats

June 22, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Braves player-manager Danny Cunningham was unable to attend Wednesday night's Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game against the Waynesboro Villagers as his wife, Monica, gave birth to a son earlier in the day.

But the Braves gave Cunningham a nice present when they beat the Villagers, 11-4.

Hagerstown pitcher Trey Cobb hurled a six-hitter to get the complete-game win. Cobb also collected three RBI and two hits.

"Considering that's the first time that Cobb has pitched this year, he had a tremendous outing," Hagerstown player-coach Kevin Crawford said. "He gave us seven wonderful innings. He knows what to do to get guys out. He works the corners of the plate well and changes speeds. He works at a nice fast pace."

Crawford finished with two RBI and two runs scored, while Tim Kellinger scored three runs and had one RBI for the Braves (18-10 overall, 8-6 league). Matt Hess and Matt Noll had two hits each for the Braves.

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Jeff Kirkpatrick collected a game-high three hits for Waynesboro (3-10, 3-10).

Trailing 2-1, Hagerstown scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good. With one out, Cobb reached on an infield error. Tim Kellinger forced Cobb at second and after Jon Tsikerdanos was hit by a pitch, Keith Kellinger ripped a two-run double to left.

"I thought our hitters really had a good night at the plate," Crawford added. "We worked the count really well and just had some nice at-bats."

The Braves scored four runs in the fourth to expand their lead to 7-2. Crawford belted a two-run double, Cobb had a sacrifice fly and Tsikerdanos added an RBI double.

Hagerstown added four runs in the fifth. Noll, Cobb and Tim Kellinger delivered RBI singles. Tim Kellinger scored the last run on an infield error.

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