Laurel Auto downs Smith Transport in three innings

Laurel Auto’s Jake Swank (right) attempts to apply the tag to Paul Carpenter’s Geige Reighard druign a June 17, 2020 contest. Photo by Phil Andraychak.

JOHNSTOWN— A proficient day at the plate for Jake Swank (3-for-3) helped lead Laurel Auto to its sixth-straight victory in the JCBL Thursday over Smith Transport.

Following an eight-run first, Laurel Auto sealed the win in just three innings, 11-3, due to a shortage of Smith pitching.

Eight players scored runs for Laurel Auto, including a three-run performance from center fielder Dallas Hite. Hite opened the scoring in the first inning after Austin Brown’s single drove him home.

Brown recorded two hits and two RBIs in the shortened affair. Logan Kasper, Austin Price and Ryan Weaver all drove in two runs. Laurel Auto tallied 11 hits.

Julius Thomas earned the win on the mound for Laurel Auto. He went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out two. Thomas did not allow any walks.

Luke Schrok took the loss for Smith Transport. He surrendered nine runs on nine hits over 1.2 innings, striking out three.