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It's Adam's Eve as Brookline Hurler Stymies Needham

How 'bout them apples? Local Legion team wins three of last five, improves record to 5-8.

The Brookline American Legion baseball team is making a push for a strong second half of the season, winning three of its last five games, including last night's 7-4 victory over visiting Needham at Warren Field.

Brookline pitcher Adam Blumberg allowed four runs, while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings, as Post 11 improved its record to 5-8.

"He was great all game for us," head coach Patrick Moore said. "He kept the other team way off balance until they got to him late, but overall [it was] an awesome performance."

Blumberg almost made it four in a row for Brookline in the complete game department.

Mariano Suriel took over in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out. Suriel struck out the first batter he faced, before inducing the last hitter to ground back to the box, ending the game.

Brookline led, 7-0, heading into the sixth inning. Offensively, Andrew Colgan led the locals, going 2 for 3 with a double, three RBIs, and a run scored.

Alex Moses-Gardner rippped an RBI double and scored a run, while Nick Doyle went 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored.

Jon Gold also went 2 for 3 and scored a run.

Brookline also defeated host Canton on Sunday, 2-1, as Eric Durmas went the distance on the hill, striking out seven. Moses-Gardner ripped a key RBI double in the third, while Rozek went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and run scored.

On Tuesday, the locals lost a tough one to Norwood, 2-0, in a well-played game.

"Norwood is one of the top teams in the league, and even though we lost, we played extremely well," Moore said. "The only issue for us was leaving guys on base."

Brookline's Kyle Kazanjian-Amory pitched a complete game, surrendering only three hits and striking out three.

Rozek went 2 for 3, and Andrew Fonte went 1 for 2 with a double.

Brookline will host Foxboro tonight.

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