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Cougars' youth served

May 10, 2000|By JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Maybe the Catoctin baseball team is building for the future. The thing is, the timetable may actually be for just next week.

The Cougars got a strong day from two underclassmen pitchers, as sophomore Chris Kaleo and freshman Chad Wolfe did not allow a single earned run, leading the Cougars to a 6-4 victory over Smithsburg in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

The two may have gotten their shot because Catoctin (6-12) is getting ready for Friday's Class 1A South quarterfinal game with Glenelg, but they definitely took advantage.

"We went with a couple of young pitchers today and they performed very well," Catoctin coach Mike Franklin said. "I am proud of the job that they did. They were able to get themselves out of a couple of jams. It's nice to get a win. We'll go into the playoffs with a little bit of momentum and it feels good."

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Kaleo struck out eight batters and did not give up a walk in five innings to get the win for the Cougars. Wolfe then hurled the final two innings for the Cougars (6-12).

Even though the Cougars committed seven errors, they held off a late comeback effort by the Leopards to get the win.

Catoctin got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the second inning. With one out, Steve Smith hit a solo homer to left. Then with two outs, the Cougars got three straight doubles from Ben Hillis, Randy Ott and Rob Seidel for two more runs.

The Cougars raised their lead to 5-0 in the top of the third. Wayne Kerns led off with a single and Jeff Eyler followed with a two-run homer to center field.

After the Leopards (1-17) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on errors, the Cougars got their final run in the fifth.

Smithsburg scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 6-4, but that would be as close as it would get.

"Our kids never gave up and that is what we are looking for," Smithsburg coach Lee Woodring said. "We are proving to ourselves that we can battle back and I am happy with that."

Steve Smith banged out three hits for Catoctin.

Chip Kershner collected three hits, while Darrell Clopper added two hits and scored two runs for Smithsburg. Leopards' relief pitcher Brent Myers gave up only one run in three innings.

Catoctin 6, Smithsburg 4




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Kaleo, Wolfe (6) and Schildt. Vierra, Dick (3), Myers (5) and Wiech. WP-Kaleo. LP-Vierra. HR-C: Smith (second, none on), Eyler (third, one on).

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