Leopards complete sweep

April 18, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

The weather was completely different, but the Smithsburg offense stayed the same.

Completing a game suspended by darkness on a chilly evening in mid-March, the Leopards finished off a 12-run fifth inning on their way to a 17-10 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over South Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium on a hot afternoon Wednesday.

The Leopards followed it up with a 9-8 win over the Rebels to complete the sweep and record their fourth straight victory.

"Words can't really describe it," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "It is just a heck of a good effort by all of the guys. Those were two competitive baseball games. They had a little bit of everything."


Smithsburg had already scored eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to take an 11-10 lead when play was suspended on March 21.

The Leopards (5-4, 5-4) tacked on four more runs when play resumed on Wednesday. Gerry Spessard had a two-run double and Jeff Mills and Brandon Fisher each had a two-run single in the inning.

Spessard had four hits and three RBI and Mills drove in three for the Leopards.

Smithsburg reliever Nick Vierra got the win, while reliever David Gouff came on in the fifth for the Leopards and held South Hagerstown (3-5, 2-4) scoreless over the final three innings.

In the regularly scheduled game, Smithsburg snapped a 6-6 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Spessard, a throwing error and a wild pitch.

Spessard and Nate Steelman had two hits and two RBI for Smithsburg.

South had the tying run on third base with one out in the top of the seventh inning when Fisher came on in relief. Fisher struck out both batters that he faced to clinch the sweep for Smithsburg.

"I think Brandon Fisher showed nerves of steel with a runner on third base and only one out," Fowkes said. "He made some good quality pitches."

Smithsburg 17-9

No. 10 South 10-8

Completion of suspended game

Smithsburg 1200(12)20-17156

South 7102000-1072

Dick, Mills (1), Vierra (3), Gouff (5) and Bachtell, Dick (1). Mertz, McAfee (3), Ryan (5), Miner (5), Moore (7) and Showe, Peterson (5). WP - Vierra. LP - Ryan. HR - SH: Jesson (4th, none on).

Regularly scheduled game

South 0001502-895

Smithsburg 113013x-995

McAfee, Moore (6) and Peterson. Vierra, Gouff (5), Fisher (7) and Dick. WP - Gouff. LP - McAfee. S - Fisher.

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