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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."

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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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