Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:21
Any high school baseball coach faced with the prospect of losing 11 seniors might panic at the thought of having to go forward with those kinds of depleted veteran numbers. But then again, Coach Rich Smith isn’t just any other high school baseball coach. Going into his 42nd year with the Garden City High School baseball program, Smith’s secret weapon just might be the fact that he has three southpaws in his pitching rotation for the first time in the four plus decades that he’s been coaching the Trojans. Lefties are prized for their ability to keep hitters off balance due to the dearth of hurlers who throw from that side of the bump. Between the additions of Carey and Bellmore to Garden City’s conference and the abundance of less-experienced players filling out the Garden City roster, the trio of Dave Butler, Brian LoRusso and Matt Rogers just might be the leg (or in this case arm) up that Coach Rick Smith just might get.
—Dave Gil de Rubio