Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Goose Creek High School and Post 166 standout Cody Smith will continue his baseball career at the college level right down the road at Charleston Southern.
He verbally committed to the Buccaneers earlier this month after leading Post 166 to the state American Legion tournament.
“Coach (Stuart) Lake is getting a very good player,” former GCHS coach Scott Durham said. “He’s probably the best player I’ve had as far as having all the tools. And he’s a good kid from a good family.”
This summer, Smith led Post 166 with a .402 batting average and was also the team’s top pitcher in terms of victories. He had a 5-2 mark on the mound as the local club finished sixth in the state tournament in Sumter.
When not on the mound, he played middle infield and outfield for Post 166.
The performance was a continuation of his junior year in high school. His .485 batting average for the Gators was higher than only two in the program’s history, Durham said. He added four wins on the mound, striking out 59 batters in 43-plus innings with an earned-run average under 2.00.
“I think he’s a two-way guy in college,” Durham said. “He’s gonna get his shot on the mound but he’s too good a bat to keep out of the lineup.”
Smith is a rising senior at GCHS. Gators teammate Chris Singleton, an outfielder and rising senior, verbally committed to CSU earlier in the summer.