HOME TEAM — Jake Smith closed out the last two innings for the Dodgers, on the mound. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute sophomore Jake Smith finished his junior varsity baseball season, a few weeks ago.
The athlete earned himself a call-up to the varsity team, for the playoffs. When varsity ball ended, Smith made a commitment to play for the Springville Dodgers, which participates in the senior division of Springville Youth Inc.
Smith and his Dodger teammates took on the Springville Pirates on May 31, for a night game at Concord Community Park.
The sophomore went 2 – 2 at the plate and closed the game on the mound, for the Dodgers, striking out five Pirates, in two innings, to lead the Dodgers to a 10 – 6 win.
Smith led off the second inning with a base hit. He immediately stole second base and scored the first run of the game for the Dodgers, on a wild pitch. Daimen Skinner went 2 – 3 for the Dodgers and scored 1 run.
HIT IT — A Dodgers player is pictured bunting, during a game against the Pirates.
“Last game, we had one hit,” Coach Mark Smith said.
“I told these guys, ‘We have to get the bats going.’ I put it on them and they swung the bats pretty well, tonight. Our pitchers did very well.
“I have a lot of younger kids that I’m try to push along,” the coach added.
The Pirates led off the game with hits by Bryce Szudzik and Shawn Wright. Zack Slippy hit a two-run double, to score Szudzik and Wright and take an early 2 – 0 lead, in the bottom of the first.
Slippy scored, later in the inning, on an RBI single by Austin Coon. The Dodgers responded, moments later, with 3 runs of their own, to tie the game at 3 – 3.
The Pirates got their bats going again, in the bottom of the second, with 2 runs, to regain the lead 5 – 3.
The Dodgers scored 1 run in the third inning, 3 in the fourth and 3 more, in the fifth, to take the victory.
“Going forward, we have to get smarter,” Smith said, of his team’s strategy. “Smarter base running [and] being smarter in the field, backing up plays. We have a young team; it’s just time on the field, learning.”
On June 7, the Pirates hosted a team from Freedom at the Concord Community Park, while the Dodgers traveled to Arcade.