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New-look Leopards rally past Wildcats-baseball

March 26, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg's baseball team has begun a new era. New caps - black with a purple paw print on the front - and a new coach - Bill Fowkes, who previously won two Maryland Private Schools B Division State Championships for St. Maria Goretti.

Fowkes' hustling style was evident in a 5-1 win over the Williamsport Wildcats on Monday afternoon in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League baseball game.

"It's great to get a victory here today against a good ballclub like Williamsport," Fowkes said. "I think that our hitters did a good job of putting the ball in play against a quality pitcher like Ben Jordan."

Fowkes had plenty of praise for Smithsburg senior pitcher Mike Smith, who got the complete-game win.

"I thought that he did a tremendous job today," Fowkes added. "I think that he did what we told our pitchers: Throw strikes and let the defense do their job. He just took the ball and pitched like a senior today. Williamsport is a good-hitting team and I think that he just kept them off-balanced enough, so he could get a lot of flyball outs."

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The only mistake that Smith made was giving up a solo homer to Eric Fitzgerald win the first inning

Smith allowed four hits and three walks in seven innings.

"I just threw the ball and let my defense take care of the rest," Smith said. "I think that we played them really well. We only gave up one run, while we got five runs. That is good compared to last year when we got 10-runned quite often. I think that we're going to be a good team and win some games in the playoffs."

Jeff Mills had three hits and scored two runs, while T.J. Bowser added two hits and two RBI for Smithsburg (1-0). Fitzgerald led Williamsport (0-1) with three hits.

"Smithsburg just played sound defense," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "I liked the way that Brandon Fisher played at shortstop."

Smithsburg 5, Williamsport 1

Smithsburg 010 202 0 - 5 9 0

Williamsport 100 000 0 - 1 4 2

Smith and Dick. Jordan, Bowers (7) and Johnson, Allen (4). WP-Smith (1-0). LP-Jordan (0-1). HR- W: Fitzgerald (1st, none on).

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