Braves earn 1,000th victory

June 04, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Braves got the 1,000th win in team history Wednesday night when they beat the Myersville Yankees 13-1 in a Blue Ridge Adult League baseball game at North Hagerstown High School.

"Reno Powell would be real happy to see this," said Dan Cunningham, who currently oversees the team. "He is looking down now and he is smiling. When the team first started out, it was all Pennsylvania teams in the league. Reno had to fight tooth and nail to get a team in the league. To have a summer league team stick around for 1,000 wins says a lot about the community."

Powell formed the Braves in 1977 and -- aside from a one-year break in 1993 -- the team has continued to thrive.

Cunningham, who managed the team for 10 years, is still on the roster and played briefly Wednesday.

"I think it is quite an accomplishment for our organization to be around this long and to have this much consistent talent," said Mike Kipe, who succeeded Cunningham as Braves manager last year. "This talent really says a lot about the area. These guys are just continuing that tradition."


Hagerstown pitcher Spencer Cromer struck out 11 batters in five innings to get the win.

Myersville (0-2, 0-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Doug Stottlemeyer.

Cromer was unhittable the rest of the way, retiring 12 of the remaining 13 batters he faced and allowing only a second-inning walk.

Hagerstown (4-2, 1-0) didn't trail for long, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Nathan Minnich doubled and scored on a single by Matt Ridenour. Keith Kellinger doubled to bring home Ridenour.

The Braves added six more runs in the second to build an 8-1 advantage. Minnich was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Ridenour got a two-run single and Kellinger capped the rally with a three-run homer.

The Braves got two runs in the third on a throwing error and an RBI triple by Trevor Cobb.

The Braves scored their final three runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Tim Kellinger and an RBI single by Fred Kreiger.

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