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Leopards score early, often

March 24, 2009|By JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG -- Run production was no problem for the Smithsburg Leopards on Monday as they beat the Hancock Panthers 16-0 in a Washington County high school baseball game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule.

"The kids came out ready to play and they executed well," Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. "Overall, we came out and swung the bats well. We were aggressive at the plate like we needed to be. We got a pitch to hit and we hit it hard. Our offense is coming around. Overall, I am very pleased with the way that we played hard all day long."

Smithsburg leadoff batter Josh Conway, who has signed with Coastal Carolina University, ignited the Smithsburg offense by reaching base all four times by collecting two hits and being hit by the pitch twice. One of Conway's hits was a two-run homer to center in the second inning.

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"I got a good pitch to drive," Conway said. "It was a low, outside fastball. We got good pitches to hit and we took advantage of it. We came out prepared. We did a great job today and we hit the ball solid. Building a big lead early is going to be part of our game this year. We are going to be looking to score early."

Winning pitcher Aaron Schroyer fired a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in five innings. He also contributed on offense with two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer to left in the third. Kyle Orndorff added three RBIs and two runs scored for the Leopards.

Smithsburg (2-0) scored in every inning as Hancock (1-2) made five errors. The Panthers' pitchers hit a total of six batters, including five in the third inning.

"Our effort was pathetic," Hancock coach Brian Kerns said. "When you can't catch it and you can't throw it, you are not going to win many games. We just have to forget about this and get ready to play tomorrow."

Smithsburg got a run in the first when Conway reached on an infield single and moved to second on the same play on a throwing error. Conway stole third and scored on Orndorff's sacrifice fly to center.

The Leopards had a seven-run second as the first four runs came home on a two-run double by Ryne Willard and Conway's two-run homer.

Smithsburg added seven more in the third as the first five runs scored on a two-run single by Orndorff and Schroyer's three-run homer.

The Leopards got their final run in the fourth on an RBI groundout by K.C. Raios.

Smithsburg 16, Hancock 0
Hancock 000 00 -- 0 2 5
Smithsburg 177 1x -- 16 10 0

Trunkle, Martin (3), Price (3) and Souders. Schroyer and Gouff. WP -- Schroyer (1-0). LP -- Trunkle (0-1). HR -- S: Conway (second, one on); Schroyer (third, two on).

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