Local standout heading to App State next season
After notching their 6th connective All-American the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team notches their 3rd consecutive ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Winner. Sophomore catcher Riley Smith (Alexander Central HS) has been named the NJCAA DII Gold Glove Catcher of the year. The team consists of one player at each position with Smith claiming the Gold Glove in one of the toughest defensive positions for fielding percentage.
Playing in 53 games on the season, Smith logged a team high 275 putouts on 298 chances with 21 assists while only posting 2 errors on the season. His .993 fielding percentage was the best among NJCAA catchers nationally with over 150 chances. Smith also posted a Region best 10 runners caught stealing on 30 attempts this season for a .333 runners caught stealing percentage. Smith allowed only 3 passed balls on the season.
Smith transferred to CVCC after playing one season at UNC Asheville, and has signed to play at Appalachian State University to continue his education and playing career next season. He is a 2014 graduate of ACHS and is the son of Lisa and Roger Smith of the Ellendale Community.
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