Clintonville AuSable Valley catcher Dillon Savage started the season hot and never let up.
What may be more impressive is the fact that he started the season at all.
Savage, who was named to the New York State Sportswriter’s Association’s sixth team All State, returned to the diamond five months after breaking his ankle during the Patriots’ second-to-last football game of the season.
Savage, a junior, injured the ankle in a rain-soaked cross-over game at Ticonderoga, a game that was being held as a warmup for the Class C finals against Saranac Lake. The injury required pins to be inserted in order to stabilize the break.
Savage was able to return for the final few games of the winter hockey season, playing for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers, who consolidated with AuSable Valley to help field a team.
As the leg continued to get better, Savage returned to his catching duties for the Patriots baseball team, starting the season opener behind the plate with a 4-for-4 performance including a home run and a pair of doubles.
For the season, his fourth on the varsity level, Savage led the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with a jaw dropping .566 batting average. He also was the league leader in doubles (7) and home runs (3), while finishing second in triples (3) and tied for third with 20 runs batted in and scored 11 times. In addition, he struck out only twice the entire season.