Worthington, Braves blank O's in Blue Ridge game

June 05, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — After winning six non-league games, the Hagerstown Braves remained undefeated by winning their first Blue Ridge Adult League game Tuesday night,  shutting out the defending league champion Brunswick Orioles 5-0 at Williamsport High School.

“We executed well in all phases and I thought that we played a complete game,” Hagerstown manager Mike Kipe said.

Braves pitcher Kent Worthington fired a four-hit shutout and struck out 13 in seven innings to improve to 2-0.

“When Kent throws, we all know that we have got to make the plays behind him and catch the ball,” Kipe said. “We are confident that he is going to overmatch most of the hitters that he is going to face.”

Worthington claimed that catcher Trevor Cobb was a big reason for his success on the mound.

“Throughout the whole game, Trevor and I just wanted to attack them aggressively early on,” Worthington said. “I was trying to get ahead in the count and keep the ball down. I had a lot of help behind the plate from the catcher. I think the 13 strikeouts just goes along with the strategy of trying to get them early with the fastball.

“As a whole, our team swung the bats well and made the plays in the field well. Without those factors, you can’t win a ballgame. Our record shows that we are playing good as a team.”

Hagerstown (7-0, 1-0) started off its scoring against Brunswick (4-3, 0-2) with two runs in the second inning. The Braves loaded the bases with one out on an infield single to third by Garrett Sanders, a single to center by Andrew Yacyk and a walk to J.J. O’Neill. Cobb singled to center to drive in Sanders. Yacyk then came home when Kevin Brashears reached on a fielding error.

The Braves padded their lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the fifth. With one out, both Tim Leather and Joey Miller reached on infield singles in the hole at shortstop. One out later, Sanders’ single nipped the tip of the second baseman’s glove and went into center field to knock in Leather. Yacyk followed with a single to right to bring home Miller.

Hagerstown’s final run came in the sixth when Brashears reached on a forceout at second, stole second, took third on a throwing error and scored on Tim Kellinger’s RBI groundout to the pitcher.

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