Serra's Smith scorching at the plate

Gardena Serra junior Dominic Smith is proving why he's one of the most feared hitters in the state.

Through 19 games, Smith is batting .596 (34 for 57) with six home runs and 40 RBIs. The left-hander is also 5-0 as a pitcher, compiling 41 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA in 28 1/3 innings pitched.

Smith is verbally committed to USC.

Serra is 15-4 and ranks No. 3 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 poll.