Smith’s blast helps AC sweep doubleheader from Cathedral
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 17, 2003
NATCHEZ &045; Even at a summer league game in front of a sparse crowd on a humid June night, you can have some drama.
Junior-to-be Brian Smith launched a three-run, walk-off homer Monday night as the Rebels downed Cathedral 7-5 to take the doubleheader sweep at the ACCS field. Smith connected on a three-run homer off Cathedral ace Te Riley in the bottom of the fifth, and the ball sailed through a light fog over the fence for the game-winning blast.
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Now that’s drama for you.
&uot;I was just expecting to hit something good,&uot; said Smith, who had two singles and drove in two runs in Game 1, a 10-6 win for the Rebels that was also in five innings.
&uot;I got a good pitch to hit and hit it well. I was hoping for something. I was just trying to get it in the gap somehow, score both runs and win.&uot;
Credit Smith for being a good defensive hitter. He worked the count 2-1 off Riley, who walked seven, hit two batters and allowed Ray Simpson to reach base after striking out thanks to a passed ball.
Sam Thomas then walked before Riley struck out Jamie Morris and got David Alton New on a ground out to third that moved both runners into scoring position.
Smith then got ahead in the count 2-1 before sending everybody home.
&uot;We really concentrate on swinging the bat when the pitcher is behind in the count,&uot; AC head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;That’s when I want our hitters to go in attack mode. The pitcher doesn’t want to walk a guy. That’s not just Te &045; that’s any pitcher. Hitters should take over on 2-0, 2-1 and 3-0 pitches. That’s what we’ve been saying for a year now &045; get the count in your favor and sit on your pitch. I couldn’t be happier.&uot;
The homer ended what was a solid outing for Riley, who had control problems early but settled down later to keep AC off the board. The Rebels were able to move runners up pretty regularly once they got on, but the Green Wave 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth as Riley allowed just three hits.
&uot;This is his first time to throw since high school was over,&uot; Cathedral coach JoJo Eidt said. &uot;I was proud of the way he threw. We played good defense behind him, and we didn’t give them anything. We’re playing decent ball. They’re a good team, but we’re doing what we’re supposed to do &045; learn.&uot;
Cathedral &045; playing without regulars Wyler Murray and Michael Blain &045; got after hard-throwing lefty Glenn Williams a bit in the fourth inning to take the lead after he sailed through the third. Garrett Jones reached on an error, stole second and went to third on the overthrow, and Jeremy Davis’ flyout to deep center scored Jones to tie the game at 4-4.
A hit by pitch and singles from Preston Hicks and Drew Burns loaded the bases with two outs, and Williams plucked Andrew Kaiser to force pinch-runner Corey Walker home to give the Green Wave a 5-4 lead.
Williams then got Chris Rasco to strike out and end the inning.
&uot;We played solid defensively, and both games were good,&uot; Morris said. &uot;He (Williams) is probably worn out. He’s been traveling with the (Jackson) 96ers, and he’s thrown as much as he’s needed to. He made the pitches when he needed to. Give credit to Cathedral for swinging the bats and putting the ball in play. What we have worked on with Glenn and Douglas (Davis) is the changeup and getting in front of the batters.&uot;
The Green Wave got on the board in the first inning thanks to a three-run homer from Riley off AC starter Timmy Foster for a 3-0 lead.
&uot;Glenn is a good pitchers, but hitting has been our strong point,&uot; Eidt said. &uot;Glenn is a good pitcher, Douglas is a good pitcher and Timmy is going to be a good pitcher. He’ll be a good one before it’s over. I was proud of Corey tonight. He battled, and he didn’t want to come out (in Game 1). &uot;
Walker started Game 1 for the Green Wave and gave up eight runs in the first three innings before retiring the side in the fourth. Smith singled in two runs in the second, and Cole Bradford doubled home two runs in the third for a 7-2 lead.
Cathedral cut it to 8-4 in the fourth before Riley launched a two-run homer in the fifth.