Reid Smith is a name Long Island high school baseball fans may want to keep in mind in the near future.
Smith tossed his second perfect game in two years in the Long Island Jr. Ducks 15 and under’s 10-0 victory over Warriors Md. in a pool play game of a 16-and-under wood bat baseball tournament Friday at the University of Maryland. The 15-year-old from Hauppauge recorded his 10th strikeout to secure the perfect game and his teammates met him on the mound to celebrate.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates because they were making the plays behind me,” Smith said.
Coach George Loft viewed it more as Smith dominating, saying, “He was basically having a catch with the catcher it seemed at times.”
Loft said Smith doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, but works a changeup and curveball with terrific command. That command was near pinpoint Friday.
“He always had good control but he commands multiple pitches now,” said Loft, Smith’s travel coach the past three summers. “He can throw any of them in any count and that’s what makes him so dangerous when everything’s working.”
The Jr. Ducks, based out of Islip, gave Smith plenty of run support early in the game, totaling five runs in the first three innings highlighted by Sal Carricato’s RBI double. Justin Taveras added two RBIs in the win.
Smith said he wasn’t nervous in the final inning. More excited. And he hopes to build on his summer accomplishments playing varsity for Hauppauge entering his junior year.
“It gives me a lot of confidence,” Smith said. “I’ve always had my confidence, but it always helps me a lot knowing that I’ve pitched a perfect game.”