OWATONNA — Zach Smith wasn't having much fun waiting and wondering if he'd ever pitch again for the Rochester Patriots.
"The beginning of the summer, I couldn't even throw at all," said Smith, who will pitch in the fall at Division I college North Dakota State.
Still, Smith heeded his doctor's advice after straining the rotator cuff in his right arm late this spring. The injury happened while pitching for John Marshall.
The advice he was getting from his doctor was also being reinforced by his Patriots coach, Paul Halverson. But it came with a lure. Halverson told Smith that if the Patriots made it to the Sub-State 1, Division I American Legion championship game and he was needed in the ninth inning, he was going to turn him loose.
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Brady Black of the Rochester Patriots, right, dives over Charlie Kong of the Rochester A's after tagging Kong out Monday afternoon during the Sub-State 1, Division I American Legion championship game at Dartts Park in Owatonna.