St. Clair County High School senior Logan Smith has been playing softball since the age of 3.
Some 14 years later, she is signing a scholarship to play softball with East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. She said she chose East Mississippi because she really likes the coach there, and she knows another girl she played travel ball with that is going there.
Smith is the 17-year-old daughter of Billy and Tresa Smith of Odenville.
Smith is a pitcher and plays third base. Pitching is her favorite position, and it is something she hopes to do in college.
“This will be my sixth year to be a member of the Lady Saints softball program,” Smith said. “I feel like my pitching has improved as I got older. I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here, and have enjoyed all the friends I have made. It has been a wonderful experience. I hope this year will be my best, because it is my senior year.”
East Mississippi is a two-year college. Smith hopes to move on and play softball somewhere else after her time there. She is currently undecided about her major.
She mostly has made A’s with a few B’s. She is a member of the Beta Club.
Tresha Smith said she is proud of her daughter.
“She has played since the age of 3, and it is all she has ever wanted to do,” she said. “We were hoping this day would come. She has put a lot of hard work into this.
Her dad, Billy Smith, said he is so happy for her, because she has worked hard, and put in the time to get to this point in her life.
“Logan and I have battled and argued the whole way, but hey, we made it and I’m happy for her,” he said. “I guess you could say I have been her pitching coach. I’ve sat on a bucket full of softballs many a night catching for her. I am pleased with the college choice. I like the school and I like the coach. I am happy for her.”
Kyndal White is the college softball coach at East Mississippi.
“I am very excited to be able to sign Logan,” White said. “She is going to be a big part of our program. I think she will fit in with our pitchers very well, and be a big stick in our lineup. That’s what we were looking for. After two years, I think she has a very good chance of moving on to another program, because she is a hard worker.”
Coach Matt Hicks has coached Smith every year at the varsity softball level a SCCHS.
This year, the Lady Saints will have a new coach.
Hicks said Smith is a fantastic kid, and she has worked real hard.
“She deserves everything she gets,” Hicks said. “She has pretty much played year-round since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She has put a lot of time and effort into this. I’m glad it has worked out for her. She is a great ballplayer.”