The senior pitcher and Georgia Tech signee has led the way as the ace of the Pace staff in 2014 with a 3-0 record and a 1.90 earned run average to help lead the Knights to an 11-1 record as of last Wednesday.
Datoc came through with a couple of strong outings recently, striking out seven hitters and walking none in an 8-2 complete-game victory over Strong Rock March 24 and recording seven more strikeouts in 5⅓ innings in a 5-3 win over Landmark March 31.
“He has been a relief pitcher for the majority of his career and has been a dominant late-inning closer for us.” Pace coach Matt Hall said. “We put him in the starting role this year and he’s really flourished in that position.”
Datoc, who also plays shortstop and third base, has been equally productive at the plate with a .310 batting average and a .613 on-base percentage, leads the team in walks (9) and hit-by-pitches (3) and is second in runs scored (9). He has hit .460 with a .629 OBP over the last week.
“He’s a four-year starter for us,” Hall said. “He is a really intelligent baseball player. He has a great baseball IQ. He can really play any position on the field.”