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Jordan, 'Cats stay hot vs. Leopards

April 27, 2001

Jordan, 'Cats stay hot vs. Leopards



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent
Williamsport 8

Smithsburg 3

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Dick and Gouff. Jordan and Allen. WP-Jordan (2-1). LP-Dick (0-2).



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Wildcats proved on Thursday that they would do anything for their team.

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During the bottom of the first inning, three Williamsport batters were hit by a pitch, igniting a seven-run outburst that led to an 8-3 victory over Smithsburg, the team's third straight win.

"We took advantage of mistakes and that is what you have to do when you play good ball," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "We are starting to lay off the bad pitches. Our batting eye has improved a good bit."

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Williamsport (7-8, 5-8) has overcome a 1-5 start by winning six of its last nine games.

Freshman pitcher Ben Jordan, who is the leadoff hitter in the Wildcats' batting order, came through with two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Jordan's leadoff single ignited the seven-run explosion. Jordan's second hit was a two-run single that capped the rally and raised the Wildcats' lead to 7-1. He finished the day with three hits.

"I got some good pitches to hit," Jordan said. "I just went with them and I was able to line drive them. After that, they were just able to fall in for me."

Jordan also was the pitching star of the game, giving up one earned run and four hits while striking out eight batters in seven innings to get the win.

"I felt pretty good about my performance," Jordan said. "I thought that both my fastball and my curveball were working good. I thought that I could really throw my curveball anytime that I wanted to. It was breaking well and I could spot it good. During the first inning, my fastball was up a little bit. After that, I was able to keep my fastball down for the rest of the game."

Steiner was pleased with Jordan's pitching.

"Ben Jordan is really maturing for a pitcher," Steiner said. "He did a good job of changing his speeds and that is what I am impressed with. His location was also very good."

Brent Hoover had two hits for the Wildcats.

David Gouff and Patrick Wivell, the No. 8 and 9 hitters for Smithsburg (1-11, 1-11) had two hits each.

"If you take away the first inning, then I am pleased with the way that we played," Smithsburg coach Lee Woodring said.

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