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Submitted by Frank Panebianco, manager, Sleepy Hollow Reds
Last week, Sleepy Hollow Reds first baseman and captain Mark
W. Smith found himself in the national news on the Fox News Channel discussing
and analyzing the tragic events in Dallas, Texas. The Reds play in the
40-over division of the Westchester/Putnam (West-Put) MSBL in New York.
Mark is a former professor of law and is a New York Times bestselling author who is occasionally called upon to speak on the air about
important news topics as an analyst. But
on this past Sunday, Smith led the Sleepy Hollow Reds to victory over the Westchester
County league-leading Westchester Giants and their star pitcher. Smith played a
flawless first base while delivering a 3-for-4 day at the plate while driving
in five RBIs, and also delivering a sacrifice fly. Smith’s five RBIs powered
the Reds to a 10-9 victory. Smith's biggest hit came with his two-run
"walk-off" single, which he delivered with two outs and two strikes
against him in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Needing only one more strike for
the victory, the Giants’ pitcher fired a hard slider to Smith, who drove the
pitch into right field for an opposite-field hit and the game winner. Smith is the captain of the Reds and has played in the MSBL World Series in Phoenix, Arizona on multiple occasions for MSBL Hall of Fame coach Bruce
Bendish of the Westchester Mets.