Leopards come out swinging for early knockout of Gaels

March 25, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

SMITHSBURG — Depending what side of the fence you sit on, things are going well when you’ve been at the plate for 25 minutes in one inning.

Smithsburg rocked St. Maria Goretti for 12 runs in the first inning on the way to an 18-5 run-rule victory on a frigid Friday.

“You want to come out swinging the bat and making good decisions at the plate,” said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb.

Brock Heiston led off the bottom of the first with a double to center and Brad Spickler was hit by a Connor Grimsley pitch to set up Ryne Willard, who promptly smoked a three-run home run, his second on the young season, for a 3-0 lead.

Willard batted again in the first, following four walks and a single, and ripped a two-run single. Dylan Eyler followed with a run-scoring double and Dylan Ianaro added a run-scoring triple for a 12-0 lead.

“I don’t know if the cold got to (Grimsley) or not, but Smithsburg’s got some big kids,” said Goretti coach Duane Myers.

It was almost as if Spickler set the tone in the top of the first, making his first-ever varsity start on the mound.

The right-hander mowed down Goretti on eight pitches — all strikes — with a groundout and two strikeouts.

He turned in three innings of one-hit work and four strikeouts, while allowing two hits.

“It was about coming out and challenging the hitter,” said Spickler. “I threw fastballs right at them.”

“For his first time out, we wanted (Spickler) to come out and pound the strike zone,” said Cobb. “He achieved that goal.”

The Leopards (2-0) added four more on the board in the second inning, highlighted by Spickler’s three-run homer, and notched two more up in the third inning for an 18-0 lead.

The Gaels (1-3) scored two runs in the fourth off Smithsburg’s Christian Buttry with the help of three Smithsburg errors. Goretti scored three more in the fifth, including RBI singles by Jake Moats and Taylor Litzinger.

“I’m happy with the fact we did not give up and came back and scored five runs,” said Myers.

Heiston and Willard had three hits apiece and Heiston scored four runs.

Litzinger and Casey Bartholomew had two hits each for Goretti.

Smithsburg 18, St. Maria Goretti 5
Goretti    000    23    —    5    6    1
Smithsburg(12)42    0x    —    18    12    4
Grimsley, Kinter (2), Blenckstone (3) and Bartholomew. Spickler, Buttry (4) and Crummit. HR—S: Willard (1st, two on), Spickler (2nd, two on).

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