Riley Blatt had been anticipating this moment for nearly two years. That made him cherish it, and the moment – and Blatt himself – did not disappoint.
On Friday at Donegal High School, Blatt opened the much-anticipated spring sports season by pitching the Elco Raiders to a 7-1 triumph over the Indians. The senior righthander was in midseason form from the opening pitch.
In picking up the pitching victory, Blatt fanned 11 and did not issue a free pass. He also finished what he started and scattered seven hits along the way.
Elco supported Blatt with three first-inning runs, then added on with two-run rallies in both its third and fifth at-bats.
While nothing more than a really good start, the outcome certainly bodes well for Blatt and the Raiders’ prospects this season. If he and Elco can follow through on that start, it would certainly make the campaign well worth the wait.