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RUTLEDGE- With the season he had and the summer is he is having, Brady Smith was bound to attract the attention of college baseball coaches.

The Grainger fire-baller turned in a very impressive season as a sophomore in 2021 and has only gotten better as he has been a part of an elite travel team in June and July. Last week, Smith announced his commitment to a Power-5 program as he plans to be a Virginia Tech Hokie in the future.

In his first year as a starter for the Grizzlies, Smith’s numbers were so impressive that he was selected as the Citizen Tribune Lakeway player of the Year after he won every game he started with an 8-0 record and a 0.91 earned run average. Smith fanned 90 batters, had a WHIP of .969 and opposing teams found it nearly impossible to get on base against him as they batted .114.

Smith not only impressed on the mound but at the plate as well. He hit .312 and had an on-base percentage of .452. He ended the season with two homers and 18 RBIs. In addition to being the Lakeway Player of the Year, he was named the District 2-AA MVP and was an All-State nominee. Smith was a key component in the Grizzlies claiming a share of the district regular-season championship and an overall record of 23-9.