Blue Ridge baseball: Miller drives in four to keep Braves in right direction

July 17, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown infielder Tim Kellinger jumps to pull down a throw as Brunswick's Bryan Nolan slides safely into second base on Tuesday during the Braves' 8-5 Blue Ridge Adult League win.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Things have been different for the Hagerstown Braves this season.

And that’s a good thing.

The Braves notched their 20th win on Tuesday with a 8-5 win over the Brunswick Orioles in a Blue Ridge Adult League game at Williamsport High School.

“We started out slow, but in the past two weeks or so we have been behind in every game,” Hagerstown manager Mike Kipe said.

“We have had quite a few come-from-behind wins. It has been a lot different this year in a positive way and our record shows it. We just have a good work ethic and a good core of guys that just want to play the game.”

Brunswick (15-9 overall, 11-8 league) led 3-1 until Hagerstown (20-5-1, 14-4-1) scored three runs during the bottom of the fourth inning.

Joey Miller walked and Tim Kellinger singled to left to start the rally for Hagerstown. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Garrett Sanders hit a two-run single to center to tie the game at 3-3.

Chad Diehl singled to move Sanders to third before Marcellus Sumlin hit a sacrifice fly to score Sanders with the go-ahead run.

The Braves added three runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead, starting with Trevor Cobb’s leadoff walk. Miller socked a two-run homer to lef twith one out.

“It was great,” Miller said. “I just got a fastball away and drove it. We always start off slow. But when we get going, it is a treat to watch. A couple of our hitters started off slow this year, but they are coming on now at the right time.”

Sanders manufactured the other run by singling and taking second on a throwing error and scoring when Diehl reached on an error.

Miller drove in the Braves’ final run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to left and gave Hagerstown its first run with an RBI single to left.

Miller finished with with two hits and four RBIs, while scoring two runs.

Diehl pitched four innings to get the win for the Braves, followed by two innings of relief by Devin Schaeffer before Hugh Wescott pitched the final inning.

“The key to the game was that our first reliever, Devin Schaeffer, did a good job of shutting down the Brunswick hitting,” Kipe said. “He got the key outs when he needed them.”

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