Carrollton pays back Brunswick with sweep
CARROLLTON -- Turnabout is fair play, especially on the diamond. Carroll County avenged a doubleheader sweep a week earlier at Brunswick by taking both games Sunday from its visiting Babe Ruth Senior League rival. Both were heartbreakers for Brunswick, which had the home team on the ropes before losing both on the final swings of the bat.
Actually, Brunswick was just glad to be ahead going into the last half-inning of the opener.
A leadoff homer by Kaleb Long in the bottom of the first inning gave Carroll County a lead it would carry into the seventh.
A single by Matt Miller, walk to Brett Warner and Zach Bartolich's two-out, two-run single made it 3-0 in the third -- but Brunswick right-hander Jarad Fletcher tossed three scoreless frames to keep his tam in the game.
Zac Wahlbrink began the top of the seventh with a single, but Brandon Bahr fanned the next two hitters and appeared to be on his way to a shutout victory. A free pass to Scott Smith and David Gunn's two-run double ruined that hope. Fletcher's booted grounder tied the game and Brett Moxley single gave Brunswick its first lead, 4-3.
Carrollton ruined the visitor's bid when one-out singles by Warner and Bartolich were followed by Dan Street's game-winning two-run double into the left-field corner.
Brunswick again trailed throughout most of the nightcap.
Miller singled and score for Carroll County in the first and Miller's two-run double followed a pair of walks in the second to make it 3-0.
It stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when David Neil Moser singled, went to second when Josh Swan walked and then raced home after the throw to third on his steal attempt went into left field.
Forrest fanned the next three batters to get out of the inning, but two errors, a walk and Moser's single produced two game-tying runs in the seventh.
After tossing five straight scoreless inning, Moser was lifted for Gunn in the eighth. Warner came in for Forrest earlier in the frame, during which neither team scored.
Fletcher reached on a muff to begin the ninth. A steal and two wild pitches brought him home for a 6-5 lead. Warner then walked a batter and plunked two more to fill the bases, but got out of it with the help of a double play on Wahlbrink's tapper back to the mound -- Brunswick leaving 12 runners on base during the game.
Carrollton, which had stranded 10, wasn't about to blow its chance in the bottom of the ninth. Warner and Street singled and a walk to Bartolich loaded the bases with nobody out. Forrest's shot to first base got through, bringing in two runners for the victory.
Moser had three hits and Gunn drove in three runs during the twinbill for Brunswick (2-3, 2-3 league), which hosts Marshall on Wednesday. Carroll County (3-3, 3-3), which trails Viking by a half-game, got five hits from Miller.