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.

2018 Varsity Roster

Brett Ingram                Fresh          LHP             6'6        200

Trevor Barnhouse       Soph          RHP/INF      5'10       165

Dalton Cooper            Soph           RHP/OF      6'0          170

Ethan Fritter                Soph           INF/OF        5'7         135

Chase Ebberts            Soph           OF/INF        5'5         120

Tyler Polesky               JR               RHP/INF     5'9         140

Bryce Shaffer               JR              LHP/1B        6'0         155

Matt Walker                  JR              RHP/INF      6'0         160

Brady Snoots                JR               OF              5'9         145

Matt Boyer                    JR                 C              6'0          150

James Marker               SR                INF           6'0           240

George Auel                 SR                INF            6'5          165

Robbie Cruz                 SR                 OF           5'10         160

Adam Watkins              Fresh            RHP         6'5            200

Ethan Fritter                 Soph              inf/of        5'7             135

Quinn Lear                    SR                INF           5'7           190

Brendan Johnson         SR                RHP/OF    5'9           150

Daniel Summers           SR                DH/C         6'1           170

Kaden Roberts               SR                 OF           6'0            175

Kody Capps                  Fresh            Inf/Of/c       5'4            110

Hunter Jacobs              Fresh             Of/Rhp       5'8            140

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 Hammer Clear Spring 12-4

With the 1A West bracket so close the Railroaders needed to pick a big win against Clear Spring to stay a step ahead of both the Blazers and Catoctin. The Roaders did just that as they got the bats going late in the game and put the Blazers away on a 12-4 trouncing.

Sophomore Trevor Barnhouse started the game for the Railroaders and worked into the 3rd inning. After recording 2 quick outs Barnhouse loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks. Head Coach Roger Dawson elected to go to Railroader ace Bryce Shaffer. Shaffer induced a k and got the Railroaders out of the jam. Shaffer would go on to pitch into the 7th inning. He surrendered 1 earned run off 5 Blazer hits to record his 4th win of the season. Tyler Polesky came on with one away in the 7th inning. Shaffer walked a batter after a quick out and Dawson went to Polesky because of Shaffers pitch count. Polesky recorded a quick k and a game ending pop up to Matt Boyer.

George Auel collected 3 hits in the game. Polesky was 2-4 with a double. Chase Ebberts gathered two hits of his own as did Robbie Cruz. Brady Snoots had a great day going 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI'S. James Marker collected a 2 run homer as well. Matt Walker singled on a 1 hit day.

I asked theses guys to sweep the week and put us in a position to get a bye in the 1st round of the playoffs said Dawson. The came through with flying colors. The Railroaders beat Oakdale 6-0 on Monday followed by a hammering of Tuscarora on Wednesday 11-1 and finally closed it out with the 12-4 victory over Clear Spring today. Trevor didn't have good command today said Dawson. He only surrendered two hits but the 5 walks and a hit batter put him in trouble the entire day. I wanted to get 4 out of him because Shaffer threw 69 pitches on Monday. I had to go to Bryce a little earlier then I wanted to. Bryce approached 70 pitches and I needed to go to Polesky. Its important that we take care of our pitchers arms.

The Railroaders are home on Monday May 7th against Boonsboro. A win in that game ensures a two seed and first round bye. A loss by Catoctin on Monday would ensure that as well. A loss by the Railroaders and a win by Catoctin would force a coin flip. The Railroaders have won 8 out of their last 10 games.

Railroaders Lose Thriller In 9 Innings To Warriors

Maybe the two best games of the year in the CMC, could be the way to describe the two matchups between the Railroaders and Warriors this season as Boonsboro squeaked out an 8-7 win in game one and it took 9 innings to edge the Railroaders 5-2 in the second contest.

Playoff caliber baseball is another way to describe this one as every pitch seemed to be huge in the nail biter. The Railroaders drew first blood as George Auel walked in the bottom of the 2nd inning and with 2 away Matt Walker slammed his 4th homer of the year over the fence in left to make it 2-0. The Warriors would collect single runs in the 4th inning and 6th inning to make it 2-2. The score remained that way until the top half of the 9th inning when Boonsboro would put it away with 3 runs.

Our pitching did a great job today shutting down the best offense around said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We had our opportunities to win it and just couldn't get that big two out hit with them in scoring position. Boonsboro collected 7 hits on the day with 3 of them coming in the dreaded 9th inning. When you get that type of pitching you have to give the support, and we just didn't do that today.

Brendan Johnson worked 6 innings for the Railroaders. He surrendered 2 earned runs off 4 Warrior hits. He fanned 3 in the no decision effort. Tyler Polesky came on in the 7th inning. Polesky blanked the Warriors in the 7th and 8th frames before that got to him in the 9th. He suffered the loss.

George Auel went 3-4 on the day while Walker garnered the 2 RBI homer.

The Railroaders conclude the regular season at 10-8 and are tied with Catoctin for the 2 seed. There will be a coin flip at the State office to determine the seed. A win of the coin flip will allow the Railroaders a bye in the 1st round.

Catoctin Eliminates Railroaders 1-0.

The Railroaders had their chances but just couldn't seem to get the big hit when they needed it as the Cougars pushed across a single run in the third inning and downed Brunswick in a nail biter 1-0. The loss ended Brunswick's season.

We had our chances said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We bunted them up and had them in scoring position 4 times today but the dreaded strikeout and hitting balls right at them with 2 outs were our demise.

Catoctin on the other hand capitalized when Fisher sliced a double down the left field line on a Brenden Johnson Knuckle ball offering. Johnson had Dylan Reid 1-1 and he looped a slider off the end of the bat into left to score Fisher with the games only run.

I can live with the balls we hit right at them said Dawson it was the strikeouts with runners in scoring position thats hard to swallow. We also had a big opportunity in the 5th inning when Robbie Cruz, and James Marker both singled to start things. It all went south when we couldn't get the bunt down then struck out followed by another strikeout. In playoff baseball you have to execute in those situations and we just didn't. After the two dreaded k's Murphy's Law kicked in and Chase Ebberts laced a line drive into left that was right at their fielder. That could have been a big inning.

The bright spot on the game for Brunswick was their Senior right hander Brenden Johnson. Johnson was brilliant firing a 6 hitter at the Cougars on the 1 earned run in the 3rd frame. He fanned 4 walked a batter and hit a batter.

We guessed right on todays starter said Dawson. It was a hard decision to go with Brenden or Railroader ace Bryce Shaffer. I scouted Catoctin on Thursday and they struggled with the FSK starter who was a righty. If we could have just scored a couple Bryce would have been ready for Boonsboro. Brenden did a heck of a job.

George Auel, Robbie Cruz, James Marker, and Brady Snoots collected singles for the only hits for Brunswick.

The Railroaders conclude their season with a 10-9 record.

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.

Walker, Johnson lead Railroaders Over Catoctin 3-2

Another great high school baseball game is the way this one could be labeled as the two rivals gave the fans a nail biter with the Railroaders edging Catoctin by a score of 3-2. Catoctin drew first blood as Weatherley smashed a 2-0 fastball off of Railroader hurler Brendan Johnson in the 2nd inning. The score would remain that way until the 3rd inning as the Railroaders would tie it at 1. Chase Ebberts singled and moved to second on George Auels fielders choice. Matt Walker delivered a liner into left to plate Ebberts. Brunswick took a 3-1 lead in the 5th inning.  George Auel reached on a fielders choice and Matt Walker collected his third RBI of the day when he crushed a monster home run over the fence in left center. That lead wouldn't be relinquished the rest of the way.Catoctin made it 3-2 in the bottom half of the 5th inning but that's all Johnson would give them as Brunswick picked up the big rivalry win.

Johnson went all 7 innings. He surrendered 2 earned runs off 6 Cougar hits. He fanned a batter and walked 3.

Walker went 2-3 with the homer and 3 RBI'S. Ebberts, Auel, Tyler Polesky, and Quinn Lear all singled.

That was a great game said Head Coach Roger Dawson. Brendan was great. His ability to use the 2 seamer on the lefties along with mixing in a good knuckle ball was key. His slider was in the lower half of the zone and he hit spots. I'll take ground outs and fly balls all day long. Walker had a career day. The homer gave Johnson the room he needed to close it out.

The Railroaders are home on Monday April 30th against Oakdale and are home again on Wednesday against Tuscarora. They travel to Clear Spring on Friday. The home starts are 4:30 and the away start is 4:45.

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.

Long Week Spells Doom On Railroader Staff In Loss To Smithsburg

 Five games in 7 days didn't end well in Saturdays loss at Smithsburg as the Railroaders were at the end of what they could march out to the mound. Smithsburg collected 16 hits on the day in a 6 inning trouncing of the Railroaders. Our squad is not deep enough off the hill to play 5 games in 7 days. I'm proud of our guys to win 4 out of 5. That speaks for itself, said Roger Dawson. This is one you just chalk up as a loss and move on. I can't complain everyone is in this boat with the crazy weather we have had this spring. Four games in a week is the norm. Smithsburg really hit the ball hard today.

 There really wasn't much to say in this one as Tyler Polesky was roughed up for 9 runs off 10 Smithsburg hits. Matt Walker got hit around as well in 2 1/3 innings of work. He surrendered 4 earned runs off 6 Leopard hits. The Railroaders only collected 3 hits. Singles off the bat of Matt Boyer, James Marker, and Robbie Cruz.

Brunswick travels to Boonsboro on Monday and are home on Wednesday against Williamsport. They conclude the week at Catoctin on Thursday. The Boonsboro game has a 4:45 start and the next two are 4:30 starts.

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.

Roaders Lose Opener 5-0 To Smithsburg Despite Strong Effort From Johnson.

Senior Brendan Johnson went 6 strong innings against a good Smithsburg squad firing 6 hit baseball at the Leopards on 3 earned runs while totaling 11 strikeouts in the stellar effort. It just wasn't enough as Smithsburgs John Carter worked out of every jam he got in while blanking the Railroaders on a solid 4 hit performance. Smithsburg grabbed a first inning run when Carter slammed an RBI double to the fence in left. Smithsburg grabbed two more runs in the 6th inning and 2 more in the 7th inning.

We just couldn't push them across through the first 5 innings. I have to give them credit they made some great plays in the game that kept us off the board. Three diving catches all had runs attached. Brendan was exceptional today. He kept us in it. 11 k's on a tough lineup like that speaks for itself. I wish we would have hit better in the clutch. These comments were made by Head Coach Roger Dawson.

Railroader hits were collected by Chase Ebberts, George Auel, Matt Boyer, and Dalton Cooper.

The Railroaders host Middletown at 4:45 Wednesday.

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.


Frigid Day Has Railroaders In A Deep Freeze

It surely wasn't ideal conditions as the Railroaders hosted their rival Catoctin on a bitterly cold afternoon in Smoketown. Game time temps were in the low 40's and dropped into the 30's by the conclusion. The conditions didn't seem to bother Catoctin as they came out bunting and manufacturing runs. The Railroaders didn't respond at all as Railroader ace Bryce Shaffer was not on his game. The crafty lefty couldn't find the strike zone and the Railroader defense was horrible making for a quick exit for the Junior. Catoctin just plugged away taking every free pass they could get and took total advantage of 6 Railroader miscues in the field.

Dawson removed Shaffer early with two games left in the week. He went to Sophomore Trevor Barnhouse who did an admirable job for 2 2/3 innings of relief. Dalton Cooper pitched the final 5th frame for Brunswick.

The Railroaders were held to just 1 hit a Chase Ebberts bunt single in the 1st inning. Catoctins Cramer pitched well with command of a good fastball and slider.

We simply didn't come to play today said Head Coach Roger Dawson. The conditions were tough but that's no excuse for the effort we put forth today. I told our guys we don't live in Miami we have to find a way to be tough and compete on days like this. Shaffer didn't have it from the first pitch. He's much better than what he showed today. We have 2 more tough games this week and 4 next week. We have to find a way to grind it out and pick up some wins.

Roaders Overcome Shaky Start Down Clear Spring 6-5

Another frigid day in Railroader land as game time temps were yet once again in the 30's. Brunswick didn't start off the way they wanted to as Clear Spring grabbed 3 in the first inning and 2 in the 2nd inning to jump out in front. Brendan Johnson just didn't have good stuff as he was reached for all 5 runs only two of which were earned off 5 Blazer hits. He hit 2 batters and walked 2. Brunswick was also shaky with the gloves commiting 3 errors that helped the Blazers put pressure on the young Railroader squad.

Brunswick grabbed a 1st inning run of their own as Chase Ebberts scored on a Matt Walker single. Ebberts had drawn a free pass. Railroader Head Coach Roger Dawson elected to go to Sophomore Trevor Barnhouse in the top half of the 3rd inning. Barnhouse was on his game as he blanked the Blazers the rest of the way giving Brunswick a chance to get back in it. Barnhouse surrendered no runs off 5 hits.

Brunswick grabbed a lone tally in the 3rd inning to make it 5-2. Matt Walker reached on a fielders choice and scored from first on Matt Boyers double to right center. The Railroaders made 5-4 after the fifth inning. George Auel singled to right followed by an infield error off the bat of Tyler Polesky. Matt Walker singled to score Auel. Polesky would come home on a sac fly off the bat of Robbie Cruz. The Railroaders tied it up in the 6th inning as Brady Snoots was hit by a pitch. After a sac bunt by Quinn Lear, Chase Ebberts singled to bring home Snoots. Barnhouse held the Blazers in check in the 7th inning and gave his club a chance to win it in the bottom of the 7th inning. Matt Boyer delivered his second double of the day down the line in right field. Ethan Fritter was inserted as a courtesy runner. Robbie Cruz hit a deep fly to right that allowed Fritter to tag up and land 90 feet from home. James Marker than smashed a hard shot at 3rd that got through and allowed Fritter to dash home with the winning run.

We played poorly in the 1st two frames said Head Coach Roger Dawson. Brendan was missing spots and had no command of the breaking ball. Couple that with a mental mistake on a coverage and 3 errors and we found ourselves in an early hole. I was pleased that we didn't roll over and battled back into the ballgame. We had some clutch hits late and great at bats. Trevor gave us a chance. He pounded the zone and had a real nice slider working.

The Railroaders travel to Middletown on April 18th and are home on Friday versus Walkersville. They will conclude the week on Saturday in a 4:30 game at Smithsburg. Wednesday and Fridays starts are 4:30 as well.

Railroaders Drop Heartbreaker To Warriors 8-7

Another top notch CMC contest for the Railroaders is the way to put this one, as Brunswick and Boonsboro gave the fans all they could take with the deciding run being a bang bang play at the plate to end the game. The Railroaders put the pressure on Boonsboro in the top of the 7th inning as pinch runner Brendan Johnson came home with the go ahead run as the Warriors issued Matt Boyer a free pass with the bases loaded. The Railroaders still had them on the ropes with the bases loaded and 1 out. Tyler Polesky went down on strikes to let a lot of air out of the Roaders rally and Matt Walker hit a weak fly ball to center that left them loaded and Brunswick clinging to a 7-6 lead.

Boonsboro came right out in the 7th and the lead off hitter singled off Trevor Barnhouse. He moved to second on a sac bunt and scored on Shanks double down the left field line. Shank would move to third on a passed ball. Rhinehart than sent a liner into right that was snagged by Chase Ebberts and he made a solid throw to the plate as Shank just got his arm in to end the ballgame.

We needed to pile it on them when we had them on the ropes in the top of the 7th inning said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We simply didn't capitalize when we had the chance and it cost us at the end.

Bryce Shaffer went into the 5th inning for the Railroaders before the pitch count got to him. He got a no decision in the effort. Boonsboro reached him for 4 runs 2 earned off 7 Warrior hits. He fanned 6. Trevor Barnhouse went 2 solid innings and took the loss. Barnhouse surrendered 4 earned runs off 7 hits.

Polesky collected a 2 RBI single. James Marker collected an RBI single as did George Auel. Chase Ebberts doubled on a one hit day, as Matt Boyer and Matt Walker both collected singles and RBI'S.

We need to find a way to win those type of games said Dawson. Boonsboro is supposed to be the team to beat. If a positive comes out of this its the fact that we now know we can beat them. We got some things to clean up down the stretch and win as many as we can to get a home playoff game.

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

Early Errors Costly In Loss To Oakdale.

It looked like the Railroaders were going to set the tone in the top half of the 1st inning as they pushed one across and had them loaded but a weak pop up and two k's ended the potential big inning and Brunswick only grabbing one. Brunswick than let the day slip away early as they committed 5 infield errors in the first 3 innings that led to 4 unearned runs.

We played poorly defensively said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We also let a big inning slip away in the 1st inning that would have put pressure on them. They hit too well for us to boot the ball around like we did. They took total advantage of every miscue we made.

Brendan Johnson started for the Railroaders and although they hit the ball hard and Brunswick was sloppy with the gloves he somehow kept the Garnet and Gold in the game. I thought Brendan gutted it out and still had us in position to get back in it said Dawson.

The Railroaders loaded them up in the 7th inning with the score 8-3 but two bang, bang plays ended the threat.

Johnson took the loss as Tyler Polesky went 1 strong inning and Matt Walker 2 innings. Johnson would record 3 innings of work. Chase Ebberts had a 2-4 day for the Railroaders as  Matt Walker had 2 hits as well. Brady Snoots, Tyler Polesky, Daniel Summers , and Matt Boyer all singled.

The Railroaders conclude the week on Thursday April 12th at Manchester Valley.

Railroaders Shaffer Down Man. Valley 6-0

The Railroaders in much need of a victory got what they needed from their ace lefthander Bryce Shaffer as he shut out the Mavericks on a two hit outing. Shaffer would record 7 k's in the solid outing to garner his first win of the season. Brunswick scored one run in the first inning when Chase Ebberts who had singled dashed home on a sac fly off the bat of Matt Boyer. The Railroaders continued to hit line drive after line drive but unfortunately they were right at the Maverick defenders. Brunswick got some breathing room in the 5th inning as Tyler Polesky stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two away. Polesky delivered a one hop shot off the left field fence to clear the sacks.Brunswick grabbed two more runs in the 6th inning as Boyer doubled followed by a Robbie Cruz bunt single. Brady Snoots eventually delivered a single into left field to plate Cruz and Boyer.

Ebberts went 4-4 on the day as Polesky went 2-4 with the double and 3 RBI'S. Brady snoots collected two singles as Boyer garnered the double and Cruz the single.

We needed this one bad said Head Coach Roger Dawson. I was a little worried until the 4th when Polesky came through with that big double. We were crushing the baseball but they were atom balls (right at them). That hit gave us some breathing room. Ebberts really set the day up with those three bunt for hit singles. When he is on the base paths good things are going to happen for us. I thought we played pretty good baseball today.

The Railroaders travel to Smithsburg on Monday and travel to Clear Spring on Tuesday. The are again on the road Wednesday as they travel to Middletown. They will conclude the week at home on Friday versus Walkersville.

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.


Tight Game Gets Out Of Hand Late, Wildcats Down Railroaders 13-4

Baseball is a game of momentum and in this one a crucial call entirely changed the direction of the game that the first 2 innings was dictating. The Railroaders trailed the Wildcats 3-2 in the top half of the 3rd frame. Brunswick had the bases loaded with one away and James Marker at the plate. A 1-1 breaking ball from the Wildcats Romesburg went wild and hit Marker in the leg. Or so it seemed as the plate umpire said he could not tell if it him Marker. He appealed to the field official who claimed it did not hit Marker. Railroader Head Coach Roger Dawson questioned the call but to no avail. Marker than hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. The Wildcats grabbed two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 5-2 lead.

That call unfortunately had a direct impact on the flow of the game said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We had them on the ropes. It would have tied the game and who knows what could have come out of that .We still would have had them loaded up.

The Railroaders just couldn't seem to make it happen as they hit into another bases loaded double play and another runner left 3rd too early on a sac fly with the bases loaded to end another threat. Although the controversial call was a momentum changer we surely didn't help ourselves much either said Head Coach Roger Dawson. We hit into double plays didn't run the bases well and misplayed two routine fly balls that had runs attached. Couple that with ineffectiveness out of the bullpen and that call wasn't the deciding factor.

Tyler Polesky took the loss working 3 2/3 innings. he was reached for 6 runs off 8 Wildcat hits. Matt Walker went 2/3 of an inning surrendering 6 runs off 4 Williamsport hits. Dalton Cooper threw 2 2/3 innings on 1 earned run off 4 more Wildcat hits.

Matt Boyer went 2-3 on the day and grabbed 2 RBI'S. Polesky grabbed two singles of his own, as did Quinn Lear. George Auel and Robbie Cruz both singled.

The Railroaders host Catoctin on Monday April 9th and travel to Oakdale on April 11th. They conclude the week on Thursday April 12th at Manchester Valley.

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.

Railroaders Split Doubleheader Against Knights

Finally a beautiful day to play some baseball at Lee Merriman Stadium as the Railroaders hosted Middletown in a doubleheader contest. Game one was a rescheduled rain out from last week and game two a winner take all in the Neil Keller Memorial Tournament.

In game one the Railroaders elected to go with their ace Bryce Shaffer. Shaffer was sharp in the contest throwing 5 complete innings. The Knights reached him for 2 runs 1 of which was earned. He fanned 5 on just 3 Middletown hits. Unfortunately his lead of 3-1 was surrendered by the bullpen as Shaffer got a no decision in the contest. Brendan Johnson came on in the 6th inning with the score 3-1 and a man on. Middletowns Crist slammed a hanging breaking ball beyond the fence in center to tie the contest at 3.

Brunswick responded in the bottom half with 4 runs highlighted by Matt Walkers 2 RBI single and an RBI double off the bat of Matt Boyer. The Railroaders Johnson got into trouble again in the 7th inning as he surrendered 3 more runs to make it 7-6. Railroader Head Coach Roger Dawson brought on Junior Tyler Polesky with Brunswick in a big jam. Polesky induced a weak ground ball to Walker at 3rd base to end the contest. Polesky would collect the save as Johnson got the relief win.

Walker collected two hits on the day with 3 RBI'S. Boyer collected two doubles on two ribby's. James Marker garnered an RBI single as George Auel, Chase Ebberts, and Polesky all singled.

That was a great high school baseball game said Head Coach Roger Dawson. I though Bryce was effective and really didn't have his best stuff. He kept them off balance. Brendan struggled with everything up today. He still gutted it out and Polesky did a nice job of closing the door on them. It was nice to see us do some clutch hitting. Boyer and Walker had some great at bats.


Game two saw the Railroaders lose in the winner take all Neil Keller Tournament. Middletown put up 10 runs in a solid offensive effort. The Roaders were blanked by Pryor and Frazier.

Walker didn't have it on the hill today and they really got into our bullpen. We need better innings out of some guys in those types of games.

Brunswick plays again on Tuesday April 3rd at Walkersville in a 4:45 start and they host Boonsboro on Wednesday April 4th with another 4:45 start. The week concludes with an away game at Williamsport on Friday April 6th.


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.