Smith's happy accident

May 09, 2001

Smith's happy accident

HCC catcher wins game in ninth with solo homer

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

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Sider, Johnson (8), Foster (9) and Fernandes. Hoffman, Butts (5), Kirkpatrick (6), Hiser (8) and R. Smith. WP-Hiser (8-1). LP-Foster. HR-H: Kirkpatrick (second, one on), R. Smith (ninth, none on).

Hagerstown Community College catcher Regan Smith got more than what he was looking for on Tuesday afternoon.


Simply hoping for a base hit into the gap, Smith hit a one-out homer to left field in the bottom of the ninth to give the Hawks a 7-6 win over Anne Arundel Community College and a spot in the NJCAA Region XX Tournament this weekend.


"I wasn't looking to drive it out of the park," the sophomore said. "I was looking to drive it into the gap to get into scoring position. I was just real excited and real happy for the team when the ball went out of the park."

The Hawks (28-10) led 6-3 after eight innings, but Anne Arundel rallied for three runs off reliever P.J. Hiser to tie the game and set up Smith's heroics.

"That was a clutch home run by Regan Smith," Hagerstown coach Scott Jennings said. "It was a big hit for us. I was happy with the way that we played on defense and with our intensity. We used four pitchers to help to keep everybody fresh for the Region XX Tournament this weekend. That was our game plan going into today."

Jeff Kirkpatrick hit a two-run homer in the second for the Hawks on their way to a 6-2 lead.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Garrett beat Essex 12-0 in the other play-in game.

HCC advances to the Region XX Tournament in Garrett with the third seed. The Hawks will play No. 2 Allegany at 10 Friday morning at Garrett. No. 1 Potomac State plays the home-standing Lakers at 1.

The two losers will play in an elimination game at 4, with the two winners facing off at 11 a.m. Saturday. The championship round will be on Sunday.

"We can now go to the Region XX Tournament and, hopefully, we can bring a championship home. We just came out and got the 'W.'"

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