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Smith homers twice in Sandusky win

Fandy.com Staff • Apr 19, 2011 at 1:22 AM

A pair of Brady Smith home runs Monday gave the Blue Streaks an early lead on their way to a 10th win this season.

Sandusky remained perfect with a 6-3 win over Mansfield Madison despite five errors in the field. Smith, who was 2 for 4 in the game, had a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fifth as the Streaks opened a 5-0 lead and held on from there.

"I love the start. We were roping the ball at the start but we kind of fizzled out in the last few innings, and our defense wasn't the greatest today," Sandusky coach Matt Martin said. "We have to work on that for tomorrow."

Now 10-0, Sandusky is at Findlay today for a Greater Buckeye Conference match against the Trojans. The Blue Streaks (3-0 GBC), who have won or shared the GBC the last two years, beat Findlay in both meetings in 2010.

Nolan Berkey (2-0) pitched five innings for Sandusky and allowed three runs -- one was earned -- on three hits with three strikeouts.

Xavier Turner came on in the sixth to close out the game, striking out three in two innings. He earned his second save of the spring.

"Nolan pitched a great game. (He) got into a jam there in the sixth and Xavier came in and got us out of it," Martin said. "(Madison) got two runs but that was all right. We came back and got an insurance run."

In the top of the first, Mike Drake and Trey Keegan had back-to-back doubles, scoring Drake for a 1-0 lead. Shayne Belvins' RBI single scored Keegan, and Smith followed with a two-run shot to make it 4-0 as six of the 10 hits in the game came in that inning.

Belvins and Drake both had two hits in the game, and Keegan had another RBI in the seventh.

Turner, Delon Roldan-Johnson and Jordan Esposito each added a hit for Sandusky.

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