“It was our last year in Division 3 and getting the opportunity to play at the Lowell Spinners’ field (in the next game) was also big. It was the first time a Georgetown team had gotten to go there. But I think it was overall the team itself: learning from those upperclassmen.”
As a freshman, Browner put together an 8-1 record in 2009. Paired with senior Andrew Sinkewicz in a two-man playoff rotation, Browner was just waiting for his moment.
“All the way leading up to it it was Sink-me, Sink-me, Sink-me,” Browner said of himself and Sinkewicz.
“We alternated games and tried to match each other back and forth. He pitched against Tewksbury and then I knew I was going to be pitching against North Reading. Our goal was to get each other another start.”
Sure enough, Browner got his start then learned that he was going to be pitching against that year’s CAL Player of the Year, left-handed senior Kevin Singer. The next thing he knew, he was in the middle of a high-stakes pitcher’s duel. But Browner did well enough to hold the Hornets scoreless through the first four innings, allowing his team to pick up their two runs.
“You can never feel comfortable in those games,” said Browner. “But usually those are the games where pitchers get locked in the most. When games are, 8-0, you lose focus. The other team can chip away. But when the game is so close, you can’t lose focus.”
North Reading would score on a throwing error in the fifth inning, but their biggest moment, as well as the Royals, came in the sixth when Hornet Nick Rosano was at second base, leading to what then-Royals’ coach, Mark Rowe, called “the single most important play in the history of Georgetown baseball.”