Dakota Smith was on a roll, he was in a groove, he was in a zone. And as Smith went, so went the Elco baseball team.
The key to the Raiders’ success this spring was their balance, their flexibility and their depth. But if there was one player who was Elco’s most valuable, it was Smith.
So it was appropriate that one of the finest baseball seasons in Elco history came to an end on Thursday, with Smith on the mound. Smith surrendered seven hits, struck out ten and walked one in the Raiders’ 6-4 loss to Wyoming Area, in a quarterfinal contest of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament played at DeSales University.
On Monday at Earl Wenger Memorial Field in Fredericksburg, Smith had pitched Elco to a 15-0, mercy-rule victory over Science Leadership Academy, in the opening round of the state tournament. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed just two hits, fanned five and didn’t issue a free pass.
Smith’s performance extended his score-less-innings-pitched streak to more than 17 innings.
But Smith was also a key offensive contributor from his spot in the middle of the Raider lineup, all season long.
During the winter season, Smith was an accomplished performer on the Elco boys’ basketball team.