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Blazers' Smoot makes Goretti rally moot

April 04, 2000|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - When Barry Smoot came on in relief for the Clear Spring baseball team on Monday, he had more than just keeping the Blazers ahead in mind.

He was trying to get even.

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Smoot shut down St. Maria Goretti over the last two innings to allow Clear Spring to hold on for a 7-6 victory while making up for his previous rough outing.

"It was some redemption from our loss to Urbana on Saturday," Smoot said. "They rocked me for some runs and hits in the first inning. But I was able to come back strong tonight. I knew that we couldn't let them get too much more going, because they have the ability to score a lot of runs. I just reared back and threw hard. I kept the ball down."

Smoot held the Gaels to one hit during his stint while helping to snuff out St. Maria Goretti's three-run sixth inning to earn a save.

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"I was tickled with Barry Smoot, because it was all intestinal fortitude," Clear Spring coach Jim Hutson said. "He has got a little bit of that tough bulldog in him. He goes out there determined and he is not going to be denied."

Goretti (4-2) rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the sixth as Joe Widmyer led off with a walk followed by a Josh Carter single to left. Kabby Everly scored Widmyer with a double to left, bringing Smoot on to relieve Blazers' starter Matt Cline.

Smoot struck out Jamie Widmyer struck out, but the hitter reached first on a wild pitch which also scored Carter and moved Everly to third. Everly brought the Gaels to within one run by scoring on Derek Rankin's single following a walk to Tom Wills.

"Clear Spring did a nice job keeping its composure and it played a good baseball game," Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said. "Barry Smoot came on in relief and did a good job for them."

Smoot provided Clear Spring (3-2) with what proved to be the winning run in the fifth with a solo home run to center

"I was thinking curve ball all the way," Smoot added. "But it was a fastball that was up and I made good contact on it."

Ricky Myers and Cline led the Blazers with two hits each, while Gerad Haupt and Josh Keyton had two RBI for Clear Spring.

Cline got the win after holding the Gaels hitless until the fourth when Derrick Herman and Joe Widmyer ripped back-to-back homers. Jamie Widmyer added a solo homer in the fifth for the Gaels.

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