Smith’s one-hitter highlights Astros’ performances
His common surname belies an uncommon mound presence.
At least that’s been the case so far for Brett Smith. The Shepard junior was given a decent buildup prior to the 2014 baseball season — Astros coach Frank DiFoggio tabbed him as a potential eight-game winner if injury could be avoided — and Smith has validated that optimism.
He didn’t collect a win in his initial outing, but his seven-strikeout, one-hit effort versus Harlan did open some eyes. Smith continued operating in that same high gear last Wednesday, and this time his work was rewarded.
Like Harlan before it, Tinley managed to collect just one hit off Smith, and the Titans were set down on third strikes a total of nine times. Shepard wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball, either, but Smith made sure that the run his team scored in the second inning was enough to produce a South Suburban Conference crossover victory.
Interestingly, Smith’s latest impressive exhibition almost never happened.
“He came to me in the second inning and told me he didn’t feel right,” DiFoggio said. “I asked him if he wanted to come out, but he said he’d keep going. My advice to him was to throw at 70 or 75 percent.