As has been the trend at Chattahoochee Valley since the program received its first # 1 ranking during the 2013 season, a plethora of former Pirates have moved on to play baseball at the Division 1 level. All told in Coach Thomas’s 18 year head coaching career at CVCC, 63 of Thomas’s baseball players have advanced to the Division 1 level. That number increased to 64 during the NCAA November Early Signing Period, as 3B Jaylen Smith inked his baseball scholarship to Kennesaw State University and will finish his final two seasons as an Owl.
Smith, a graduate of Eagles Landing Christian Academy, and a native of Lithonia, Georgia, has been a mainstay in the Pirate lineup since his arrival to Chatt Valley. A high school shortstop, Smith has made the transition to third base, while being a consistent run producer for the Pirate offense.
While starting 61 of the Pirates 62 games in CVCC’s run to the Championship Round of the 2016 NJCAA Alpine Bank JUCO World Series, Smith hit .303 with 10 doubles, 4 homeruns, 34 RBI’s, while tallying 56 hits, scoring 46 runs and stealing 16 bases.
Additionally, Smith was the top defender in the ACCC at his position, has he fielded .955, committing only 6 errors the entire 2016 season.
As one of the top returning players in the conference, Smith will be counted on to help lead the Pirates to contend for a 4th straight ACCC Title and World Series berth.