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December 26, 2014

Ragland brothers reunited at University of Montevallo

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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 2:04 am

Ragland’s Nick Smith recently graduated from high school, and was very successful on the baseball diamond.

 He was just as successful in the classroom, and that’s what interested the University of Montevallo. Smith maintained a 4.2 GPA during his senior year at Ragland High School.

 He recently earned an academic scholarship to Montevallo where he will major in Business or physical therapy.

While there, Smith said he would like the chance to play baseball, so the Montevallo baseball coaches gave him a chance, and he walked on.

He will join his older brother, Scotty, who plays centerfield for the Falcons.

“I am very appreciative they are giving me this chance to walk on,” Nick Smith said. “It means a lot to be playing with Scotty.

“Growing up and watching him play always wanted me to take my skills to the next level. It’s very exciting.”

Nick Smith said he has always wanted to play against his brother, but knows he will enjoy with him once again.

Nick will play either second base or third base while Scotty anchors centerfield.

Since his days of playing T-ball, Nick says he has never been part of a losing team.

“All four years of my high school career, we went to the baseball state playoffs,” Nick Smith said. “Winning is fun and exciting.”

Nick turned 18 this week while Scotty is 20. They are the sons of Scott and Cindy Smith of Ragland.

“I think mom and dad are more excited about me going to Montevallo than I am,” Nick said. “I appreciate them. They have always been there for us.”

Scotty Smith said he is extremely happy for his brother, and glad to have him on the team.

“We have always had a very competitive relationship,” Scotty Smith said. “His coming to Montevallo will only intensify our competitive nature once again. We will be competing against each other even though we are on the same team. This will also strengthen our bond as brothers. I am excited to have him there.”

Currently, Scotty Smith is playing summer baseball with a team in Minnesota, the Willmar Stingers.

“It was kind of unique how it all came about,” Scotty Smith said. “I was taking batting practice with Nick and my coach walked up and told me this team in Minnesota needed an outfielder. He asked me if I was interested, and I told him I needed to talk to my parents.”

Scotty Smith and his family thought it was a great opportunity, so he drove the 19 hours to Minnesota.

He has played in all six games and the Stingers are 4-2. Smith has played left and right field. 

“I feel really blessed,” Scotty Smith said. “God has given me this chance and I’m going to run with it and give it 110 percent. There is some really good competition up here. This is like the number two summer league division in the United States. We are treated like minor league players, and that is great. I think about playing major league baseball all the time.”

His favorite MLB team is the Toronto Blue Jays.

When Scotty Smith returns to Alabama, he will be in his redshirt sophomore year at Montevallo. He is majoring in accounting. 

Scott and Cindy said the boys have been playing baseball since they were old enough to play T-ball, but were never on the same team until they played for the Ragland Purple Devils.

“Watching them both go on to play baseball at the collegiate level and fulfill their dreams is amazing,” Cindy Smith said. “But for them to be able to play together again for the University of Montevallo is truly a blessing. We are looking forward to the next season of ‘Motown baseball.’”

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