Brunswick Railroader Baseball History

The Brunswick Railroader Baseball program has been one of the most successful High School programs in the state of Maryland for the past 30 years. Since 1989 the Railroaders have won 6 State Titles, 12 Regional Titles,4 Frederick County Titles,and 5 M.V.A.L. Titles.In that time the Railroader program has produced 62 scholarship players,and has many team and individual records in the Maryland State book. Also in that time frame the program has produced 9 All State players in Jason Kasch 1990, Joe Lucas 1991, Scott Frye 1992,Steve Goode 1997, Adam Eshbaugh 1998, Andy Maught 2000, Alan Webber 2001, Kevin Goode 2001, Brian Baugher 2003, and Andrew Wanger 2015.Brunswick plays in the tough CMC Conference, and is a member of the 1A West Region.

Dawson Garners 350th Win As Railroaders Pound Tuscarora 11-1

Brunswick came out swinging the bats and never let up as the hammered the Titans 11-1 behind a strong effort off the mound from Brenden Johnson, as Head Coach Roger Dawson put his 350th victory in the books.

Johnson picked up his 5th victory of the season firing a 7 hitter with 4 strikeouts. Matt Walker had a career day going 2-2 with two walks. Both hits were towering 2 run homers. George Auel went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI'S. Brady Snoots and Chase Ebberts both collected 2 singles on the day, as James Marker and Tyler Polesky both singled on 1 hit days. Matt Boyer slammed a 2 RBI double of his own.

The Railroaders are currently sitting in second in the region behind Boonsboro. A win at Clear Spring on Friday could seal the deal as far as a 1st round bye and home field advantage is concerned in the playoffs.

We came to play today said Dawson. I'm glad to see Walker getting it going. When he's hot he can do some damage like he did today. Brenden worked out of some jams today to allow our bats to put it away. I would like to thank all of my players current and former to allow me to get my 350th win. They deserve the credit, I just put them in the position to win all of those games. I've been blessed.

Railroaders Down Walkersville 3-2 Sweep Series

Facing likely the most talented 2A team in the state of Md., the young Railroader squad once again rose to the occasion downing the Lions by a score of 3-2 and sweeping them for the 2018 series. Brunswick beat the Lions two weeks ago by a score of 13-4. The last two Railroader games may go down as the best of the year in the area as Brunswick beat Middletown 7-1 on Wednesday. That game featured the Railroaders Bryce Shaffer, and Middletown's ace Matt Dillard.  Brunswick broke open a 1-1 ball game in the 7th to take that contest and sweep the Knights. Todays game was just as exciting.

The Lions drew first blood as they collected an unearned run in the 2nd inning. The score remained that way until the 4th inning as the Railroaders would take a 2-1 lead. Matt Boyer doubled into the left center gap. Robbie Cruz drove a ball to deep right field that saw Railroader courtesy runner Ethan Fritter at the bag at second tagging up. The ball carried over the head of the right fielder and off the fence. Unfortunately Fritter was unable to score because of the tag up attempt. Cruz ended up with a double. Brady Snoots then delivered a line drive into left that plated both Fritter and Cruz and gave Brunswick a 2-1 advantage. In the 6th frame Walkersville would tie it at 2 with a lone Tally, and the score would remain that way until the bottom of the 7th inning. Quinn Lear led the inning off with a single to left. Chase Ebberts laid down a bunt and the catcher attempted a throw to second. The throw was high but Walkersville Center fielder Jacob Wetzel backed the play up getting the Railroader runner caught in a run down. During the rundown Ebberts advanced to second base as the other Railroader runner was tagged out. Walkersville elected to walk George Auel to set up the double play. It looked as though they had scripted it perfectly as Tyler Polesky hit a hard grounder to second base, but the ball kicked off the fielders glove rolling slightly away. Brunswick Coach Roger Dawson did not hesitate in sending Ebberts as he beat the throw at the plate and the Railroaders prevailed 3-2.

Brendan Johnson threw a complete game for the Railroaders. He surrendered the 2 runs neither earned off 6 Lion hits. He fanned 5 and did not walk a batter.

The Railroaders were led offensively by Tyler Polesky and QuinnLear both garnering two hits. Snoots had the big 2 RBI single as Cruz and Boyer both doubled on one hit days. Matt Walker collected a single of his own.

The last two outings have been playoff caliber baseball said Head Coach Roger Dawson. All facets of the game were extremely important and there has been little margin for error or mental mistakes. It was good for us to win some games like these. They make you better down the road.

Railroaders Down Middletown Sweep Series.

In late March Brunswick downed Middletown 6-5 at Railroader land in the 1st of two CMC conference games and swept the series with a 7-1 downing on Wednesday April 18th. It was a pitching duel for most of the game as Brunswick's Bryce Shaffer and the Knights Matt Dillard were locked into a good one. The Railroaders got on the board first with a single tally in the 3rd inning. Matt Walker lined a single into right field that plated George Auel who had singled earlier. Shaffer continued to blank the Knights until the bottom of the 5th inning when they grabbed a single run off the bat of Martin. Shaffer continued to be tough and stopped the threat and held the Knights scoreless in the 6th inning.

The Railroaders broke it open in the 7th inning as the Knights relieved Dillard who complained of a sore arm. Pryor entered and couldn't seem to find the strike zone. He walked in the go ahead run and James Marker gave the Railroaders the room they needed when he blasted a 3-2 offering down the left field line to clear the sacks and garner 3 RBI'S. Pryor continued to struggle as he loaded them again and walked in two more to give the Railroaders a 7-1 lead.

Shaffer got the complete game win firing a 4 hitter with 6 k's a walk and two hit batters. Marker went 3-4 for Brunswick with the 3 RBI'S. Matt Walker collected two singles and an RBI. George Auel garnered a 2-4 day as Chase Ebberts, Tyler Polesky, and Brady Snoots all singled on one hit days.

That was a great high school game. Dillard and Shaffer were both stellar. The score wasn't an indication of how good this one was. We hit today against maybe the best arm we have seen. Beating a good team like that twice is a great confidence builder for us. I was glad to see Marker have a great day. Hopefully this will get him going. These comments were made by Brunswick Head Roger Dawson.

The Railroaders are home against Walkersville this Friday at 4:30 and travel to Smithsburg on Saturday for another 4:30 game.

Railroaders Shut Out Oakdale 6-0

Bryce Shaffer went 6 strong innings surrendering no runs on 2 hits against a tough Bear squad. Trevor Barnhouse came on in the 7th inning and retired 3 straight batters to end the game.

 The Railroaders would get all they would need in the 3rd inning when they grabbed 3 runs. With 2 outs Quinn Lear collected a double. Chase Ebberts, and George Auel both took free passes to load them up. A wild pitch sent Lear across the plate to make it 1-0.Tyler Polesky then drove a ball to the fence in left center that plated 2 making it 3-0. The Railroaders got some security runs in the 6th inning grabbing 3 more runs, highlighted by singles off the bats of Lear, Polesky, James Marker, and Brady Snoots.

Polesky had a big day going 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI'S. Lear went 2-2 with 2 walks and a double. Marker and Snoots both had 1 hit days.

Shaffer would record his 3rd win of the season on just 1 loss. He garnered 4 k's on the game. Barnhouse collected one k on the 3 batters he faced in the 7th inning.

A great win for us said Head Coach Roger Dawson. Shaffer kept them in check and we scratched out a couple of good innings. Every win is crucial right now. The sectional standings are close. Byes and home field advantage in the playoffs are big factors in winning as many as we can down the stretch.

The Railroaders are home again this Wednesday when they host Tuscarora at 4:30. They travel to Clear Spring for a 4:45 contest on Friday.

Railroaders Tame Lions 13-6

Brunswick scored early and often in the contest as they traveled to Lion country and gave Walkersville their first loss of the year in a 13-6 win. The Railroaders grabbed 2 runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings to set the tone in the contest. The Lions stayed close as the grabbed 2 3rd inning runs to make it 6-2 and tied things up in the 4th inning at 6. The Railroaders grabbed a 7-6 run in the 5th frame with a solo tally. The score would remain that way until the 7th inning as Brunswick grabbed 6 more runs to put things away.

Brendan Johnson would record the win in 5 1/3 innings of work.  Johnson surrendered all six runs 3 of which were earned off 11 Walkersville hits. He fanned a batter walked one and hit another. Bryce Shaffer would get the save in 2 2/3 innings of work. Shaffer gave up no runs off 0 hits he fanned 6 and walked 3.

George Auel led the Railroaders in hitting going 3-3 with a double and an RBI. Robbie Cruz went 3-4 with a ribby of his own. Chase Ebberts collected 2 hits in 3 plate appearances with 2 RBI'S. Matt Walker went 2-4 with two RBI'S as well. Quinn Lear garnered a two RBI single of his own.

We came to play today said Railroader Coach Roger Dawson. We got on the board early and played with some confidence. Brendan got hit a little but he gutted it out and gave us good innings. Shaffer did what he is capable of and closed the door on them we they had something cooking. This was a great win for our team. Walkersville is a good team.That is a potent lineup. I'm proud of our guys.


Railroaders Are Second Winningest Program In The State.

The Brunswick Railroaders have made their name known across the state as they claimed the 2016 Title a championship that moved them ahead of Calvert Glenelg and North East Cecil to accumulate 6 banners and put them only behind Arundel for all time titles. The Railroaders have now won 6 state titles and are the winningest 1A team in the state. Arundel A 4A school has won 10 state banners. The only 1A school close to the Railroaders is St. Michaels off the eastern shore with 4 championships. Along with their 6 State Banners, the Railroaders have also won 12 Regional Championships. Here is a list of the states top 10:

Arundel                  10

Brunswick               6

Calvert                    5

Glenelg                   5

North East Cecil     5

Paint Branch          4

Bowie                     4

Loch Raven            4

St. Michaels           4

North East AA        4

Dawson and Several Players Receive Accolades

With another season just two weeks ago ending and the Railroaders climbing back into the record books with back to back State Championships, several Railroaders have received end of the season honors including Roader Skipper Roger Dawson.

Andrew Wanger and Connor Kean have made the prestigious Frederick News Post All Area First Team. Wanger and Kean were also selected to the First Team CMC Gambrill Div as well as the CMC First Team. Wanger sported a 7-3 record off the mound while firing another shutout vs Patterson Mill in the State final. It was the second shutout in the final for Wanger in consecutive years a State Record. Wanger also led the area in RBI'S with 33 as he hit for a .400 average. Kean batted .443 and led the area with 27 stolen bases. Kean made 3 errors in 75 chances in the field as he led the Railroader defense.

Making Second Team honors for the Gambrill Div. of the CMC were Tyler Ebberts Zach Heffner and John Harding. Ebberts and Heffner both collected 5-1 records with Heffner garnering 2 saves as well. Ebberts collected 40 strikeouts on the year as Heffner sported an ERA of 2.33. Harding collected 22 RBI'S, and a team high 10 doubles while playing a solid third base for the Railroaders.

Head Coach Roger Dawson continued to add to his resume as the long time Railroader Skipper was named the best coach in Frederick County for the 2015-16 school year. This honor includes all sports across the entire sports seasons. Dawson also was named County Sports Zone Coach of the month for May.

The Railroader fraternity would like to congratulate all the players that received honors as well as their Head Coach.


Dawson To Be Inducted Into Frederick County Quinn Hall Of Fame

Long time skipper Roger Dawson reached yet another pinnacle in his illustrious career as he will be inducted into the Frederick YMCA'S Alvin Quinn Hall Of Fame in Feb. Dawson was informed of his selection in November of 2015. He has been the Head Coach at Brunswick for 23 seasons as was an assistant for 4 years prior to him taking over the reins. The Brunswick native played for the Railroaders from 1980-82. His coaching career is one to be admired. Dawson has won 312 games along with two State Championships. His teams have also won 7 Regional Championships along with 3 MVAL Titles and 3 County Championships. Dawson was selected Frederick News Post Coach of the Year in 1993' 1996' and 2001. He was selected as Maryland District 1 Coach of the year in 1996' 2001' and again for 2015. He Coached the Md Crown All Stars in 1997' and 2002. His 2015 team won 18 straight games a county record along with 23 victories also a county record on their way to the Md State Title. Dawson's 300 victory mark make him the winningest coach in Frederick County history. The Railroaders would like to congratulate our coach on this stellar accomplishment and are proud of his i2016 induction into the Hall.

What A Season Did You Know

What a season for Railroaders Baseball. Alot of great things happened and we would like to mention them. The Railroaders amssed 23 wins this season not only a school record but also a Frederick County record. The Roaders put together an 18 game win streak also a county record. The Railroaders had 10 players with 45 or more at bats with averages above .300. The Railroaders broke a school and State record for doubles with 66 two baggers. Ryan Capstick collected 13 doubles beating the school record of 12 held by Jeremy Lowery 96 and Kevin Goode 2001. Brunswick had three starters with 6 or more mound victories. Ryan Capstick 7-0 Andrew Wanger 6-0 and Doug Pearl 6-1. Doug Pearl stole an amazing 25 bases. Taylor Itnyre made the Brooks Robinson All Star game played at Camden Yards being the first Railroader to do so since Brian Baugher in 2003. The Railroaders placed an amazing 5 players on the MVAL Antietam 1ST team. Ryan Capstick, Taylor Itnyre, Doug Pearl, Joe Rindone, and Andrew Wanger. Andrew Wanger posted an ERA of 0.91 in 46 innings pitched. Coach Roger Dawson reached Maryland State High School legendary status as the 2015 Railroaders helped him win his 300th game, giving him an overall record of 312-177. The Railroaders won their first Antietam Title and first 1 A West Title.

Not too shaby a season most would say. Lets hope the Railroaders can keep that win streak in tact in 2016 and continue to make the smoketown fans proud.

2018 Coaches Profiles

Head Coach : Roger Dawson is entering his 26th season as head coach and 30th season overall. A former All M.V.A.L, All Area selection as a Railroader 1982. Dawson played colleigately at Frederick Community College,and Shepherd College. Took over as Head Coach in 1993. Dawsons teams have won 8 Regional Titles,4 County Titles, 4 M.V.A.L. Titles,and  State Titles in 1996 2015 and 2016 .Dawsons 1996 team collected 69 doubles a state record and his 2000 team hit 49 homers another state record. Under his guidance Kevin Goode hit 13 homeruns in 1999 another state record that stands today. Dawsons 2015 team collected 18 straight wins a county record along with 23 victories on the season another county record. With Dawson at the helm the Railroaders won an unprecedented 21 straight games from the 2015 season into the 2016 season yet another Frederick County record. Dawson over saw right hand pitcher Andrew Wanger who accumulated a record of 20-4 over his career at BHS as the Roader ace collected another state record with back to back shutouts in the state final in 2015 as well as 2016. Dawson was named Frederick News Post Coach Of The Year in 1993,1996,and 2001.He was selected as Frederick News Post Coach of the year for entire sports season for 2016. County Sports Zone selected him as the 2016 Coach Of The Year.He was selected as Maryland District 1 coach of the year in 1996,2001, and 2015.. Dawson coached the Maryland Crown All Star team in 1997,and 2002. He was selected as the Head Coach of the very 1st Mid. Md. Baseball All Star Classic for 2006, and coached the 2012 team as well as the 2016 team. Dawson was voted MVAL Coach of the year in 2000, and 2001. Dawson was inducted into the Alvin G Quinn Sports Hall Of Fame in Feb Of 2016. Dawson's record at BHS stands at 351-204. He has a .662 winning percentage. 

Asst Varsity Coach : Jayson Mobley will be entering his 11th year in a Railroader uniform. Mobley spent several seasons in Walkersville, and was Head Coach in 2006. Mobley is a familiar face in the Brunswick Baseball community as he has played for the Brunswick Orioles for many years. Mobley adds a tremendous amount of experience to the Roader staff, and will likely be used as the hitting coach. He will also be in the 1st base box for 2017.

Asst Varsity Coach : Mark Tarleton enters his 8th season in a Railroader uniform. Tarleton has been a coach at the little league level for years and has had great success. Mark is an athletic coach who will carry alot of the bp load and will be used with several aspects of the game, including the bull pen. Tarleton will also work with the catchers at times. His knowledge of the game and knowledge of the players because of his experience at the youth level are true attributes.


Pitching Coach : Jeff Axline. Jeff returns for his fourth straight season with the Railroaders. Axlines 2014 staff posted an ERA of 2.40 the lowest in yearsbut topped that in 2015 as they posted a 2.07 era. A student of the game Jeff traveled with Dawson to several minor league parks over the summer to get top notch instruction fro the Orioles pitching coaches and Director of Pitching Rick Peterson. He will be incorporating alot of that information and philosophy into the Railroader staff.

Asst JV Coach : Jesse Ault another former Railroader player(2003) will be entering his 4th season as a Railroder Coach. Ault a fine shortstop in his playing days will primarily work with the infielders. Ault will also carry alot of the batting practice load on that level,as well as work out of the bullpen on game days.


Asst JV Coach : Steve Dinges 4th season.. Steve was a former Railroader that was an ALL MVAL All Area selection at 1st base off the 1990 State Title Team. He knows the Railroader way. Dinges also has coached in the Brunswick feeder systems and knows the players well.


Head JV Coach : Tyler Itnyre 3rd season. Tyler another former Railroader 2010 will take over the reins from Mike Minch as Dawson has named him Head JV Coach.. Itnyre an all MVAL All Area selection in 2010 went on to play at West Virginia State University, Frederick Community College, and University of Charleston WV. He graduated from Charleston as he was a two year starter there.

Railroaders Have Unique Home-Field Advantage

The Brunswick High School Baseball facility, otherwise known as "Merriman Stadium," has long been considered one of the finer baseball stadiums around the area. Located on Cummings Drive, and just a short walk from the high school itself, the home of the Railroaders is equipped with all of the neccessities that any baseball purist could appreciate. The field boasts a brick-dust infield, a substance that holds up in the spring rains year after year. Along with the grass baselines, the BHS field also has fungoe circles on either side of homeplate, giving the park a "major league" feel. Astroturf surfaces can be found in front of the pitching mound dirt, and behind the homeplate circle. These surfaces provide two spots where BHS pitchers and coaches can hurl batting practice without damaging the surrounding dirt/grass field surface. Spacious dugouts are found on both sides of the field, with the hometown Railroaders occupying the 3rd base dugout. Fences align the top step of both dugouts, giving the players a place to lean while focusing on the game. Speaking of fences, the entire fence that surrounds the field is covered on top with plastic piping, an element that has prevented countless injuries over the past several years. A batting cage sits down the right field line, outside of the fence, giving the Railroaders and the opposition ample opportunities to tune up for a game. Bullpen mounds sit down the right and left field lines, with the Railroader bullpen containing an astroturf surface in the catcher's area. The Railroaders also have the advantage of scheduling night games if the situation calls for it as the BHS facility is equipped with lightpoles that surround the field. Fans are not left out either. With a concession stand, bathrooms, press box, and plentiful seating (bleachers down 1st and 3rd, covered bleachers behind home plate, lawn chair area), the Railroader home field gives fans every opportunity to relish their experience at the ball game.

Merriman Stadium

Another look at the home of the Brunswick Railroaders.