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County foes no match for Huskies

April 16, 2006|By JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK

Both the Smithsburg Leopards and the Hancock Panthers found out how good the Northern Garrett Huskies are during Saturday's H. Lynn Kerns Easter Tournament.

Northern Garrett earned a 6-2 win over Smithsburg, then came back to beat Hancock 16-4 in 4 innings.

Smithsburg slipped past Hancock 9-6 in the day's first game.

"We haven't been hitting the ball well lately," Northern Garrett coach Phil Carr said. "But we came out of our shell today. We have had good pitching and good defense and that is why we are 10-1."

Winning pitcher Matt Sisler led Northern Garrett over Smithsburg, giving up two earned runs and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. Greg Beachy pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the save.

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Northern Garrett broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning, scored two in the fifth and added one more in the top of the sixth to build a 4-0 advantage.

Smithsburg (3-7) made it interesting for a little while, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. The Huskies responded by scoring their final two runs in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Smithsburg was locked in a 6-6 tie with Hancock after six innings. The Leopards snapped it with three runs in the top of the seventh. Brandon Knight hit an RBI double and Kevin Tyler added a two-run single, one of his three hits.

Eight of the nine Panthers batters had at least one hit through four innings.

Smithsburg relief pitcher Travis Hayes came on for the final three innings and held Hancock scoreless the rest of the way for the win.

"We played two good baseball games today," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "In the first game, we came back and did a nice job hitting the ball in the last inning. In the second game, we played a good quality team in Northern Garrett. We were just one hit away from having the lead in the sixth inning."

Northern Garrett built a 14-1 lead against Hancock (0-11) in the first three innings.

"Without a doubt, the fastball is still the best pitch in baseball," Hancock coach Brian Kerns said. "But we don't have any pitchers that can throw a fastball by anybody. That was the reason for the outcome of the second game. Northern Garrett proved that by hammering us for many hits."

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