The perfect 10s

Williamsport takes different approaches to sweep Brunswick

Williamsport takes different approaches to sweep Brunswick


WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport American Legion baseball team learned a lesson in complacency in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Brunswick.

It showed in the second game.

Leading the opener 9-1 after three innings, the Nationals needed to stave off a ferocious Brunswick surge to hold on for a 10-8 victory. Williamsport followed by going up 9-0 in the sequel and never looked back in a 10-1 win.

"We kind of slacked off in the first game so we knew we had to stay on top (in the second game)," said Williamsport's Travis Sluger, who picked up the win in the opener and went 4-for-8 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs for the day.

"At this age group, they tend to (get complacent)," Nationals coach Duane Myers said. "We just have to keep on them."


Williamsport did most of its damage with an eight-run third inning in the opener. The Nationals sent 13 batters to the plate as Brunswick committed four errors. Sluger and Sean Colgan each slapped two-run doubles for Williamsport.

When Brunswick finally got out of the inning trailing 9-1, it wasted no time going to work. Brunswick rallied for five runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted a by a two-out, two-run single by Houston Darling to cut the Nationals' lead to 9-6.

Williamsport added an insurance run in the sixth before Brunswick scored twice in its final at-bat but left the bases loaded with the tying run at second to end the game.

"It was good to see them come back. It easily could've been five innings," Brunswick coach John Cooper said.

Williamsport again used a big third inning to build a cushion in the second game, this time using a six-run rally to build a 9-0 lead. But this time, Brunswick didn't have enough in the tank to mount another comeback.

"In doubleheaders, kids tend to just go to sleep in the second game, especially if they're losing," Cooper said. "We're a young team and still a little rusty. I think we'll be all right."

Fourteen of Williamsport's 20 runs were scored in the third innings.

"If we can get timely hits like that, then we're going to score in bunches," Myers said. "It's just a matter of finding the right lineup."

John Shobe took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the second game for the Nationals. He finished by allowing just three hits while ringing up 13 strikeouts.

"I knew we would be a good hitting team. We have a lot of confidence in our offense and we can score runs," Myers said. "So our focus is on pitching and Sluger and Shobe both pitched great games."

Joel Rowe and Tyler Walsh each had three hits on the day for the Nationals, who totaled 21 hits.

Darling had three hits and drove in three runs for Brunswick.

"If we can score some runs then we can shut people down with our pitching and defense," Sluger said. "We just have to keep the hits going and play good defense."

Williamsport 10-10, Brunswick 8-1
Game 1
Brunswick 001 500 2 -- 8 8 5
Williamsport 018 001 x -- 10 11 2

Fisher, Walters (3) and Watkins. Sluger, K.Smith (7) and Colgan. WP -- Sluger. LP -- Fisher.
Game 2
Brunswick 000 010 0 -- 1 3 4
Williamsport 306 001 x -- 10 10 2

McConaghey, Walters (5) and Watkins. Shobe and Murphy. WP -- Shobe. LP -- McConaghey. HR -- W: Sluger (3rd, none on).

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