Former Evans High School baseball standout Chance Smith was forced to miss a portion of this season because of injury. The fleet-footed center fielder is healthy again and roaming the outfield for The Citadel, where he is a red-shirt sophomore.
Last season, Smith was wasting away at the end of The Citadel bench when about midway through the season he got a chance to play. It was a good move by The Citadel coaching staff.
Smith ended the year with a team-best .406 batting average and drew raves throughout the Southern Conference for his blazing speed and terrific defense in center field.
So it was a big blow to the Bulldogs this year when an injury kept their leadoff man out of the lineup at the beginning of the season. While his batting average is down to .291, his speed and defense add a new dimension to the team and makes The Citadel a team to watch when the Southern Conference Tournament rolls around.
So far this season, Smith has played in 22 games and is hitting .291 (16-for-55). He has scored 10 runs and has two homers already. Also, despite just 12 starts in 2006. He leads the team with six stolen bases in just seven tries.
The Citadel stands at 17-15 overall and 15-8 in the always-tough Southern Conference. One of those 17 victories was an impressive 8-5 win over the nation's No. 3 team, Nebraska.
On Wednesday, Smith and his teammates will be in Columbia to take on the seventh-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.
Greene has another big game vs. the Braves
Former Evans High slugger Todd Greene continues to be a nemesis for his home-state team.
Greene, now a reserve catcher for the San Francisco Giants, has had some of his best days as a big leaguer against the team he grew up cheering for: the Atlanta Braves.
When Greene saw his name in the starting lineup April 9 with the Braves in town taking on his Giants, he must have had a smile from ear to ear. Greene kept up his torment of Braves pitching by going 2-for-5 with a double and single in his first two at-bats. He also scored a pair of runs as San Francisco knocked off the Braves 12-6.
If you want to catch Greene and the Giants in Atlanta you will have to wait awhile. San Francisco does not visit Turner Field until Aug. 29-31.
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