It wasn’t a particularly great week for Cole Blatt. But the same can not be said for Blatt’s spring.
Blatt has probably been the Elco baseball team’s most valuable player to this point of the season, one during which the Raiders are challenging for berths in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three Class AAA postseasons.
Through 14 games this season, the senior southpaw has been the ace of a Raiders’ pitching staff that has enjoyed more than its share of success. In 26 innings pitched, Blatt has surrendered a mere 13 hits, struck out 12 and walked 11.
He also sports a minuscule earned run average below 1.00.
But Blatt is getting the job done at the plate for Elco as well. This season, from the top of the Raiders’ order, Blatt is batting a torrid .478 with four runs scored, three RBIs and an on-base-percentage over .500.
Partly through Blatt’s efforts, Elco had compiled a 9-5 overall mark and an 8-4 league record, through week’s end. If Blatt can continue his stellar play, the Raiders stand a good chance of making a rare playoff appearance.
– Jeff Falk