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Knights of the round-tripper - South, Smithsburg players share same name, baseball success

April 20, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase on Nov. 13, 1789.

But one other thing has become certain in Washington County baseball. When Smithsburg and South Hagerstown meet, Brandon Knight will leave the field a winner.

It's inevitable because Brandon Knight will walk away a loser.

Make sense? Perhaps a better explanation is needed.

You see, there are two Brandon Knights that play baseball in the county -- one for the Leopards and one for the Rebels. Both are high school seniors.

So when the Leopards visited the Rebels for an MVAL nonconference showdown on April 8, Brandon Knight took on several roles: Smithsburg first baseman, South Hagerstown center fielder, No. 5 hitter, No. 6 hitter. And at the end of the day, a Knight was a winner and a Knight came out on the short end.

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The Rebels won the first of two Brandon Knight battles this season, taking a 5-2 home decision.

"We've known each other and played baseball with and against each other our whole life. His dad worked with my dad," said South's Knight. "The funny thing is, he'll be in the paper for something and so will I. People will come to me and ask, 'How can you be in two places at once?'"

The name has graced the pages of The Herald-Mail countless times over the past few seasons as Smithsburg's Knight is a three-sport athlete -- football, wrestling and baseball -- and he recently wrapped up a 28-7 wrestling season in which he was named to the All-Area Second Team.

South's Knight has focused primarily on baseball and it seems to be paying off as he threw a one-hit shutout at Middletown on April 7.

"It's kind of weird and kind of funny," Smithsburg's Knight said. "You don't usually run across people who have the same first and last name as you. And it's pretty cool because we've played baseball together for years."

According to information obtained through the U.S. Census Bureau, the name Brandon Knight might not all that unusual. Brandon is the 68th most common first name in America, according to www.NameStatistics.com, while Knight is the 155th most common last name.

But the fact that the two grace the same fields and gymnasiums in Washington County -- sometimes simultaneously -- well, that's probably a bit more rare.

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