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March 26, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Smyth earns honor

PRINCETON, W.Va. - After highlighting the West Liberty University baseball team's weekend sweep of Pitt-Johnstown with a complete-game shutout, Mark Smyth has been honored as the West Virginia Conference Pitcher of the Week.

The 6-foot-2 freshman from Edison High School was in complete command Saturday afternoon as he blanked the Mountain Cats, 1-0, in the first game of a WVIAC doubleheader.

Coach Eric Burkle's Hilltoppers (11-7, 9-0) posted a 4-3 win in the second game of the twinbill and rallied for a 7-6 victory in Sunday's 9-inning game to pad their WVIAC Northern Division lead.

Smyth scattered three harmless singles and never allowed a UPJ runner past first base in a dominant performance. The rookie hurler had three strikeouts without a walk and was charted with 10 ground ball outs and eight fly ball outs in the fast-paced game.

Dons to hold fundraiser

WEIRTON - A Weirton Madonna Baseball Day will be held at PNC Park when the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds for a 1:35 p.m. game on April 14.

Outfield reserved seats can be purchased for $22 and $5 of each ticket will benefit the Blue Dons baseball program. Deadline to order the tickets is April 4.

It is also Raise the Jolly Roger Flag Day and kids can run the bases following the game.

For information, contact coach T.J. Brancazio at (304) 670-5476.

Bucs to hold free workout

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates' final workout will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at PNC Park and it is open to the public, free of charge.

Fans can enter the ballpark through the Legacy Square Gates (located in left field off General Robinson Street) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sections 1 to 138 will be accessible for fans to view the home team's batting practice and fielding drills. The Pirates' concession partner Aramark will open the Federal Street Grill concession area (located behind section 115) for the event.

Parking around the ballpark will be free of charge by Alco in Lot Four (located along Mazeroski Way) and Lot Six (located along General Robinson Street, directly across from PNC Park).

The Pirates open the season Monday at 1:35 p.m. against the visiting Chicago Cubs.

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