Menacing figure

Dennis causes trouble for Tuscarora as Leopards send off seniors

May 08, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Ryne Willard uses a head-first slide to beat a throw to third base on Friday as the Leopards spoiled Tuscarora's chance for a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs with a 5-1 victory.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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    SMITHSBURG -- Evan Dennis was a menace to Tuscarora on Friday.

    The Smithsburg pitcher fired a complete game on Senior Day for the Leopards in a 5-1 victory over the Titans, preventing Tuscarora from reaching a goal.

    "It'll be interesting to see if we come out and play -- flat or hot -- after our 2-0 win over Urbana," said Tuscarora coach Jason Smith before the game. "If we win tonight we get a bye in the first round of the playoffs."

    Dennis may have made Tuscarora's bye go bye-bye. Dennis (2-3) used his ball movement to strike out three and allow only one walk, which came in the seventh inning. The performance provided a successful sendoff for the eight starting seniors.

    "It's exhilarating getting this win on Senior Night," Dennis said. "My team and I have been having trouble recently. I didn't try too hard and I just relied on my defense to keep us in this game. My ball had good movement. It went right to the defenders when it was hit, and we pulled through."


Senior third baseman Jack Schwartz led the offense with three RBIs. He drove in Jake Gouff and Brandon Wiley with on a two-out double in the first inning. He followed a two-run shot to left by Aaron Dinterman with a solo home run to center for back-to-back blasts in the fifth.

"Hitting that homer felt great," said Schwartz. "We had a tough first half, but coming back in the second half has felt awesome."

The Titans were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position until the seventh inning, when Tyler Long laced a single to score Shane Thompson.

"You've just got to execute the simple things to string together a couple runs and we didn't get it done," Smith said. "This game ruins our chances for a bye, but we'll just be seeded and see what happens."

Smithsburg's win provides a lift for the Leopards.

"It's great to see our seniors play great today," Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. "I'm proud of them. It couldn't have happened to a better bunch of kids. We need to take this momentum that we have built and go to the playoffs full steam."

Smithsburg 5, Tuscarora 1
Tuscarora 000 000 1 -- 1 7 0
Smithsburg 200 030 x -- 5 8 3

Bushe and Winpigler. Dennis and Gouff. WP -- Dennis (2-3). LP -- Bushe. HR -- S: Dinterman (5th, one on); Schwartz (5th, none on).

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