Tori Smith Is A Pleasant Suprise For Edison…

Former Bradford standout Tori Smith is having a huge impact on the first season of softball in more than 30 years at Edison Community College under coach Dan Cain.

Yes, it’s a new program at the collegiate level for Edison, but Cain has been able to build a solid roster around area athletes – including Smith, who graduated from Bradford in 2016.

“She’s always smiling,” said Edison coach Dan Cain. “She’s a big addition to our team.”

Because Smith wasn’t originally on Cain’s radar as a recruit due to the fact that she was already out of high school when he accepted the head coaching position a year ago.

“Our lineup was set and Rayna Brownlee told me about Tori and that she might want to play,” Cain explained. “I knew Tori when she was in high school and I told Rayna to let her know she was welcome to come to practice and try out. After seeing Tori in person, that was a big pickup for us because off all of the things she can do.”

Smith is multidimensional – able to pitch and play in the infield, which was on display on Saturday in a doubleheader against Lakeland Community College.

“Today she threw really well for us,” Cain said. “She kept the ball down and had good movement. Once the rust comes off, watch out. She’ll continue to get better and better.”

After splitting a doubleheader to start the season on March 27th against Chillicothe, Edison ran into a buzzsaw in the Cuyahoga, who is the defending OCCAC Champions.

Edison was run-ruled in both games, but showed signs of being a good team.

Then, on Saturday in a doubleheader against Lakeland, Edison won via 11-3 run-rule in the opening contest before falling 9-0 in the night cap.

And Smith picked up her first collegiate win in her first career start as she tossed four innings in the opener on Saturday.

“Her first start was a win,” said Cain. “Like I said, there’s some rust there, but once she shakes the rust off she’s going to continue to get better and better. She threw well today and we’re hoping she can build on that and continue to improve.”

It’s still early in the season, but Edison has raised some eyebrows with a couple of big wins as its record stands at 2-4 on the season.

“It’s still early and the girls are developing some chemistry,” Cain said. “Once we get that chemistry, I think we’ll be a much better softball team than we are now – and we aren’t a bad team.”

And leading the way are players like Tori Smith.