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Brunswick wears down Leopards, 11-9

April 13, 1999

New uniforms can't save day for Smithsburg

Smithsburg vs. BrunswickBy MARK KELLER / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




SMITHSBURG - Wearing new uniforms fresh off the rack Tuesday, the Smithsburg Leopards had their minds set on racking up a win.

But fifth-inning home runs by Brunswick's Willie McLane and Chris Hill took some shine off the new purple and white duds as the No. 10 Railroaders outlasted the Leopards 11-9 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

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"That's the first time they've donned those new uniforms, and that kind of lifted their spirits. They really came out and looked like they wanted to play today," said Smithsburg coach Lee Woodring.

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And the Leopards (1-6, 1-6) looked like they might steal a win from the Railroaders. After spotting Brunswick five runs in the first two innings, Smithsburg mounted an unconventional rally in its half of the second.

It started normal enough, with Darrell Clopper blooping a single to right field. Brunswick starter Kevin Goode hit Steve Myers, then issued a walk to Matt Colvin to load the bases. Erick Wiech reached and advanced to second on an error that scored two.

Tom Warrenfeltz drew a one-out walk before Kevin Lowe reached on an error to bring in two more runs. Josh Knable followed with a two-run double to right that gave the Leopards a 6-5 lead.

"Our biggest demon this year has been the base on balls, and today we were very unpredictable in the strike zone," said Brunswick coach Roger Dawson. "We gave Smithsburg an opportunity, and of course they took advantage of it and they're right in the ballgame."

The Leopards added a run in the third on an RBI single by Wiech.

But in the fifth, the Railroaders (5-3, 4-2) finally got to Myers, who had kept them crossed up since relieving Lowe in the second. Danny Renn walked, advanced on a passed ball and a groundout and scored on Chris Baugher's single. McLane followed by ripping a two-run homer to left, giving Brunswick an 8-7 lead. Hill then tacked on a two-out solo shot to right.

"Whoa, do they stroke the ball? I thought Walkersville hit the ball well," Woodring said. "I'm really impressed with the way they swing the bats."

Andy Maught got the win in relief, allowing three runs and four hits while whiffing six in 4 1/3 innings. He also did his part at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs from the leadoff spot, including a home run to start the game.

McLane and Hill finished with two hits apiece. McLane pitched the seventh to earn the save. Clopper and Wiech had two hits for the Leopards.

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