By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County High School softball player, Hope Smith, was chosen for the All-Big Bend softball’s first team.
Smith, 17, is a senior at Madison County High School and this is her second year being chosen for the team. Smith has been playing softball since she was eight year old. She is a utility player, but she mostly plays shortstop for MCHS. She is the daughter of Rusty and Lisa Smith.
“Softball is my life and for that to be
acknowledged by the Big Bend really means a lot to me,” said Smith. “I grew up playing with or against every girl that made the team and I just want to thank them for making me better.”
She has a batting average of .518, 16 RBIs, 18 runs and 14 stolen bases.
She strives to keep her batting average in the five hundreds because she remembers her father telling her that a player batting in the three
hundreds is still a successful player.
She tries not to be what she calls a “stats rat” but she is really proud of what she developed this year.
Smith’s dream has always been to play softball in college and she has already accepted an offer to play for Auburn University. She still has one more year at MCHS but she is excited to play
She plans on studying Exercise Science while attending Auburn University, then returning to Florida and attending physical therapy school.
Her coach, Tommy Garner, told her to control what you can control. Sometimes she may not be able to control the outcome of the game or how umpires make calls but she can always control how she reacts to it.
“In order to be successful, you must control yourself,” said Smith.
She also likes her Assistant Coach Matt Williams advice of ‘sometimes you win,
sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains.’
Smith would like to thank her family for
“being my biggest fan and pushing me when I
couldn’t push myself.”