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Smith Makes History In Win Over Colts

June 15, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

Robstown, TX– Aviators righthander Mike Smith claimed a share of the Central Baseball League’s all-time record for career victories Tuesday night, and Coastal Bend used a four-run 7th inning to break open a tight game and beat the visiting San Angelo Colts…a Fairgrounds Field crowd of 1,550 saw the Aviators win their third straight game.

San Angelo, fresh off of taking three of four from West Division leading Edinburg, jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Eddie Gerald connected for a solo homer off Smith in the top of the 2nd inning…the ball just barely clearing the left field foul pole. The Aviators knotted up the game in the bottom of the 2nd when Mike Guerrero scored from third on a Cris Colon fielder’s choice grounder. Coastal Bend took the lead for good with a run in the 3rd – Marcus Knight singled, stole second, went to third when catcher Kasey Wilson’s throw went into center field and scored on a John Ramistella’s sacrifice fly.

While Smith kept the Colts offense in check – he retired 13 of 14 San Angelo batters at one point – Coastal Bend padded its lead in the bottom of the 7th – Bryan Loeb providing the big blow with a triple to plate Colon and Lou Ferrell. Loeb then scored when Colts reliever Chad Johnson threw the ball away trying to keep Marcus Knight close to the first base bag…then after Ramistella got aboard on a fielder’s choice, Carlos Adolfo doubled him home to make the score 6-1. San Angelo scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the 8th to trim the Aviators lead to three, but in the bottom of the inning Coastal Bend got them back – Eric Battersby scoring when Loeb was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded…then Knight provided an RBI single to plate Ferrell and push the Aviators lead to 8-3. Kevin Seibert came out the Coastal Bend bullpen to toss a scoreless 9th inning to put the finishing touches on the Aviators third win over the Colts in four meetings this season.

Smith (5-3) struck out seven in seven-and-two-thirds innings of work to notch his 65th career CBL victory, tying Al Kermode (Amarillo 1995-2000) for the most in league history…San Angelo starter Dave Therneau (0-1) took the loss. Colon and Adolfo each had two hits to lead the Aviators offensive attack…Gerald finished with a 3-for-4 night for the Colts. Tuesday’s win improved Coastal Bend’s season record to 19-19 and pulled the Aviators into a tie with San Angelo for second place in the CBL’s West Division. Game two of the series is set for Wednesday with lefthander Jonathan Guzman on the mound for the Aviators; San Angelo will start righty Mike Henry (3-1).

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