Deciding where to play college baseball wasn’t too difficult for Stoney Smith.
The rising junior from Greenbrier announced his commitment to continue his career at Middle Tennessee State Thursday afternoon.
“I’m really excited and ready,” he said. “I like the coaches. They said I could hit well, and they like me defensively.”
Smith has kept an eye on the Blue Raiders for some time. The team’s stadium is named after his great uncle, the late Reese Smith Jr., a long-time supporter of the program. The move also allows him to stay close to home.
“It’s really where I’ve wanted to go since I was a little kid,” Smith said. “I just wanted to stay close [to home] and this was one of the places I’ve always wanted to go to.”
Smith had a breakout season for the Bobcats this spring. He hit .360 with 43 runs, 21 RBI, four homers and a .500 on-base percentage. His efforts earned him a spot on the Main Street Preps All-Robertson County first team.
The shortstop is spending his summer playing for the 5-Star Midsouth 16U travel team, which has upcoming tournaments in Atlanta and at Notre Dame. He recently left the Greenbrier football team to focus completely on baseball.
Smith said he plans to study fire science with hopes of becoming a fireman after his baseball career is finished.