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Leopards' bats sink Poolesville

May 12, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

SMITHSBURG -- Poolesville coach Ted Gardiner was impressed with what he had just seen from Smithsburg.

The Leopards pounded out 10 hits on the way to an 11-1 victory over Poolesville in a Maryland Class 1A West Region quarterfinal contest, a five-inning game that was delayed for 50 minutes in the top of the third.

"They've got plenty of firepower," said Gardiner, after watching Smithsburg jump to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. "I think they can go far in 1A."

Playing its first full game since April 29, Smithsburg (14-3-1) used its timely hitting combined with a strong pitching performance by Aaron Schroyer to shoot down the Falcons (8-7).

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The Leopards travel to Clear Spring on Wednesday for a region semifinal showdown with the Blazers.

So much for a long layoff having an adverse affect.

Kyle Orndorff started the bottom of the first inning with a double and Josh Conway followed with a one-out home run, a no-doubt blast to left-center field, for his fifth dinger of the year.

Jay Shafer doubled, Jack Schwartz was hit by a pitch and Taylor Metzger drew the first of his three walks. Schroyer drove in two runs with a single and Justin Morgan followed with a run-scoring single.

The earned runs erased the 0.00 ERA for Poolesville starter Jimmy Tyler, who was relieved in the first with one out.

"We wanted to come out with great intensity and get it going early," said Conway, who hit an "ideal pitch over the plate." "Our coaches got us prepared."

Meanwhile, Schroyer mowed down the Falcons, collecting six strikeouts while allowing one hit before rain halted action with two out in the top of the third.

"I've been working on getting my front leg extended for more power," said Schroyer. "That will get me more sink and power."

"(Aaron) has gotten himself in better shape and has taken pride," said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb. "He had a plan for the game and we went out and completed it."

After the delay, Schroyer recorded two strikeouts and gave up a run in the fifth. But the Leopards had added extra support with a five-run fourth off reliever Zach Reiziss.

Jake Gouff perfectly placed a one-out bunt single, advanced on a Poolesville throwing error and scored on a Ryne Willard's sacrifice fly. After an intentional walk to Conway, Shafer followed with a two-run triple to right and scored when Schwartz launched his sixth home run of the year.

"We had an offensive gameplan and everyone was on the same page," said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb. "We wanted three quick outs on defense so our offense could set the tone. They wanted it and they achieved it."

The Leopards and Blazers last met on April 9 at Clear Spring with Smithsburg earning 3-2 win. The second regular-season game was cancelled by rain.

Smithsburg 11, Poolesville 1
Poolesville 000 01 -- 1 2 2
Smithsburg 500 51 -- 11 10 1

Tyler, Reiziss (1), Weber (5) and McNealy; Schroyer and Gouff. WP-- Schroyer (4-1), LP--Tyler (2-1). HR--S: Conway (1st, one on); Schwartz (4th, one on).

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