Smithsburg's field of streams

April 16, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Smithsburg's baseball team has been tough for others to beat, but Mother Nature has done a pretty good job.

Steady rains over the first three weeks of the season may force Smithsburg to play all of its games on the road the rest of the year.

"Basically, it's been an ongoing problem with water out in the right field area," Leopards coach Bill Fowkes said. "Over past year and a half, the overabundance of moisture we've had has caused the water table to rise so much out there that we have water in one-third of our field in the right-field area, which makes it unplayable.

"Right now, we're scheduled to play all our games on the road, and if the weather doesn't cooperate for a week or two, it may have to be that way. ... It could be 75 degrees out for the next week and it would help, but will it alleviate the problem completely? Probably not."


Off the field last week, the Leopards suffered another blow when appendicitis sidelined pitcher Zach Lloyd, who may miss most of the season. Lloyd had a 0.68 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings this season.

"It's very unfortunate," Fowkes said. "He's a fine young man who had a great strart to the season, he was adding some pop in lower third of our lineup and was performing well with pitching duties. It's going to be a loss for our team, but it also gives someone else the chance to step up and fill his shoes."

By the numbers

  • Boonsboro slugger Jay Love already has 16 RBI, providing much of the Warriors' wallop. Other top RBI men include Catoctin's Will Delawter (14), Clear Spring's Scott Keeney (11), Hedgesville's Dirk Webb (10), St. Maria Goretti's Kevin Brashears (10), Smithsburg's Gerry Spessard (10) and Berkeley Springs' Matt Dixon (10).

  • Speaking of Berkeley Springs, the Indians' Corey Weaver has been a beast on the basepaths. He's swiped an amazing 18 bases in 12 games.

  • Two-way threats don't come much better than Catoctin softball star Sam Weaver, who has batted .571 in eight games while compiling a 4-1 record and 1.33 ERA in the circle.

On the baseball diamond, Webb has a .556 average while striking out 38 in 25 2/3 innings for Hedgesville.

Games to watch

  • Clear Spring at Williamsport baseball, today - Another chance to see Wildcats star Nick Adenhart at work.

  • North Hagerstown at South Hagerstown baseball and softball, today - On the baseball side, the pitching matchup could be Hubs ace T.J. Hose and Rebels ace David Miner. On the softball side, North used the Zonis Easter Classic to shake off an 0-6 start, winning the tournament title.

  • Waynesboro at Chambersburg baseball, today - One of the area's best baseball rivalries, this time the Trojans and Indians are The Herald-Mail's No. 1 and 2 teams.

  • Catoctin at Brunswick softball, today - A matchup between two of the top MVAL Antietam teams. The Railroaders are enjoying their best season in some time.
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