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July 4, 2013

A pitcher's duel

Georgetown's Browner remembers 2009 Div. 3 North Semifinal

Editor’s note: Another in an occasional series about a player’s greatest game.

Georgetown’s Ryan Browner, 19, has had many athletic accomplishments since his days as a freshman starting pitcher for the Royals.

A Boston Globe All-Star for all four years in baseball and captain of the baseball and soccer teams for two years, Browner was named the Cape Ann League Player of the Year for baseball in his junior season.

He was an All-Star in soccer in his junior year and made all-league as a senior, going all the way to the Division 3 state finals. Holding the all-time win and strike-out records for Georgetown baseball, this current University of Southern Maine sophomore led the Royals to the Division 4 state finals as a junior, where they fell to Cohasset, and closed out his squad’s successful state championship run against Harwich the next year on only two days’ rest.

Now serving as an assistant coach for American Legion Post 150, Browner said he has to go all the way back to his freshman year at Georgetown High for the greatest game he ever played, when the 10th-seeded Royals took out sixth-seeded North Reading 2-1 in the 2009 Division 3 North semifinals.

“This game had everything a good baseball game should have,” said Browner. “It was dramatic, there was timely hitting, there was great pitching, there was great defense. Overall, it was just a solid game.”

The Royals had also faced the Hornets in the D3 North quarterfinals the year before and had lost on a passed ball.

“Not having been on the team before and not knowing the magnitude of the game and now, looking back on it, it was probably one of (my) most important games,” said Browner. “I think it was just the whole team that I was with (at the time). From our best player, Joe Esposito breaking his wrist (earlier in the season) to having upperclassmen at every position.

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