November 27, 2020
Leading from the pitcher’s mound Photo by Cora Lentz

Leading from the pitcher’s mound

“He’s such a great guy, a great leader and he’s hilarious,” freshman baseball player Wyatt Morton says about junior pitcher Griffin Smith. 

The day that Smith’s teammates met him, they thought he was a great “role model” on campus; the whole team looked up to him from day one.

Although he’s currently enrolled in CBC, becoming a mustang was not Smith’s original plan. 

“I actually was going to go to a junior college in Missouri, but then I was going to go to [University of Central Arkansas] because it was down the street from my house, but then coach Lee called me and said they wanted me to come try out for the team.”

When Smith got his offer back from coach Lee they gave Smith the opportunity to not just play baseball but run track as well.  When Smith got hurt in his senior year of high school he believed that his baseball career was over.

“I tore my lateral collateral ligament in my right knee, I felt like every other school went away, but coach Lee just kept talking to me. I just took that as a sign that the good Lord was telling me that CBC was the place for me.”

Smith aspires to use his major in Biology to become an Orthopedic surgeon to help other athletes like himself.

“The doctor that did my surgery was the one that inspired me, she was friendly and concerned. The way she changed my whole perspective on life and how she kept my hope up.”

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