BY JEFF FALK
ANNVILLE – It’s a collective effort, and an accumulative effect. No one player or no one game has the power to turn things around.
But if he or it could, it would be the game that Riley Blatt pitched yesterday.
On a partly sunny Wednesday evening at Annville-Cleona High School, Blatt injected some much-needed hope into the Elco baseball team’s season by shutting down and shutting out the home-standing Little Dutchmen, 3-0. Blatt wasn’t overpowering, but he stuck to his own personal game plan and didn’t permit an Annville-Cleona runner to advance past second base.
It was a positive result for a Raider club which had struggled to this point of the spring. The win was only Elco’s third of the year and pushed the Raiders to 3-6 overall and 3-5 in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
On the home side, Annville-Cleona was shut out for the second time in three days. The Little Dutchmen now stand at 5-3 on the year and 4-3 in Section Four of the L-L.
“We had to start getting some wins,” said Elco head coach Roger Hehnly. “We’re getting further into the season. We’ve got to start putting it together. It’s easy to coach when it works that way.
“Tonight they (his players) played with a sense of urgency,” continued Hehnly. “There were glimpese of it, but as the game wore on, the urgency was there. We’ve been struggling with it, up to this point. But the urgency was there.”
“For the most part, things are going pretty well,” said Annville-Cleona head coach Miller, of his club’s fortunes. “We’ve got to cut out our errors on routine plays. We can’t have four errors. When that happens, it can get out of hand.
“Everything (goal-wise) is still attainable,” Miller continued. “We want to be section champs. We want to qualify for the league playoffs. We want to qualify for the district playoffs. If we can get on a roll, we’ll be OK. We have to start stringing some runs together, then we can start stringing some wins together.”