Local pitching aces will reunite at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game next week.
Former baseball standouts Kyle Hallock and Brennan Smith, 2007 graduates of Perkins, will be in opposite dugouts in Lowell, Mass. at 7 p.m. Tuesday as All-Star representatives for their teams.
Hallock, a 10th-round selection by the Astros in June, will represent the Tri-City ValleyCats on the National League roster while Smith, a 33rd-round selection by the Tigers in 2010, will represent the Connecticut Tigers on the American League roster.
Hallock leads the entire New York-Penn League in ERA (1.79). He is the only starter in the short-season league with an ERA under 2.00. Although is record is just 2-3, Hallock hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a single game this season. In 451/3 innings, he has struck out 43 while walking eight.
Smith, despite having just one win all season, has been dominant on the mound for the Tigers. His 2.38 ERA is fifth in the league. He has thrown one of five complete games in the league this season. In 53 innings , Smith has struck out 44 batters and walked 13.
After both pitchers led Perkins High School to the Division II state semifinals for the first time in school history, they went their separate ways. Smith ended up at Bowling Green and Hallock at Kent State.
The success continued for each pitcher at the Division I level. Smith was named the 2009 Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year. The right-hander was 8-3 with a 4.17 ERA, the lowest among starting pitchers in the conference.
Hallock was also named MAC Pitcher of the Year in May after finishing 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA.