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Adult Baseball: Brunswick strikes first, takes Game 1 vs. Braves

July 16, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — The Brunswick Orioles got the early advantage Tuesday night and kept it as they defeated the Hagerstown Braves 11-5 during the first game of the best-of-3 semifinal series in the Blue Ridge Adult League baseball tournament.

The second game of the series will be played Wednesday at Williamsport High School at 6:15 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played on Thursday night at Brunswick at 6:30.

“Brunswick does the right things at the key times,” Hagerstown manager Mike Kipe said. “They get the key hits when they need them. They make the plays in the field when they have to. I thought we played a pretty good game. We swung the bats well.”

Brunswick pitcher Andrew Levy allowed just one earned run and six hits in seven innings to get the complete-game win.

“I thought Andrew Levy pitched a fine game for us,” Brunswick manager Roger Dawson said. “He kind of held them in check. Levy was able to keep them from putting anything together.”

Brunswick got on the scoreboard first and stayed on top.

Brunswick scored three runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI single to left by Wayne Toms, an infield error and a sacrifice fly to center by Vincent Smarrelli.

Hagerstown got one run in the top of the fourth when Trevor Cobb scored on a double steal.

The Orioles then came through with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to raise their lead to 8-1. Joey Johnson started the one-out rally with a triple to right and scored on a single to right by Mike Minch. Minch eventually came home on a fielding error. The last three runs scored when Josh Vitek blasted a three-run homer to right.

“I think the big thing with this game is that we got timely hitting,” Dawson said. “It seems like when we got the runners in scoring position, we were able to get the big hits when we needed them.”

The Braves got two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single to right by Tyler Nally and a sacrifice fly to left by Cobb.

Brunswick added a run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single to right by Minch and two runs in the sixth on a two-run single to center by Kyle Crist.

Hagerstown scored its last two runs in the top of the seventh on an error and an RBI single to right by Garrett Sanders.

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