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June 9, 2014

Orioles sweep Thunder in debut

— PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Ben Russell doubled and singled three times and Braiden Popluhar and Cody Jefferys doubled and singled twice to lead the Cumberland Orioles to a 14-8, 10-8 sweep of the Potomac Valley Thunder in their season-opening Pen-Mar-WV League doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Orioles came from behind in both games to get the victories, trailing 4-0 after an inning in the first game and 8-6 after five innings in the second.

Korey Reed was 4 for 4 with two doubles, Andrew Parrish had a double and three singles and Jamison Jones a double and two singles on the day for the Thunder. Michael Crabtree tripled and Tommy Edwards doubled twice.

In the opener, the expansion Thunder scored four times in the first inning of their first league game. The Orioles tied it with four runs in the third, then took the lead with a four-run fourth, highlighted by a single by Jefferys and doubles by Russell and Popluhar.

The Orioles padded the lead to 14-5 through 6 1/2 innings. Parrish, Reed and Edwards doubled in the seventh but the Thunder were unable to overcome six errors in the field.

Davey Rinehart posted a complete-game win for the O’s. Minnick and Edwards combined for seven strikeouts for the Thunder.

In the second game, the Orioles, down 8-6, grabbed the lead for good in the sixth inning to complete the sweep, scoring 10 runs on six hits and taking advantage of five Thunder errors. Potomac Valley’s Jones fanned six in three innings of relief.

Sunday’s games were postponed by rain. On Saturday, the Potomac Pirates play the Orioles at Bel Air, while the Thunder take on the Oakland Oaks at Southern High in 1 p.m. doubleheaders.

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