CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway High School senior baseball star Will Smith is a Student Spotlight for his athletic and academic abilities.
“I’ve already signed on to play ball at Coastal Carolina University,” Smith said.
Striking out batters one pitch at a time, Smith received the recognition of the number one right handed pitched in South Carolina just a few weeks before our interview.
“I was number two the beginning of the summer, and then after the summer I jumped up,” he added.
Baseball is all he’s known, and Smith said the Conway team is better than ever.
“We have a lot of good team chemistry, everyone’s been playing together since we were 5 and 6 years old and it shows.”
When Smith steps out on the field, he’s ready to play and stay focused.
“The mental aspect, it’s the same thing every day. Other people might say, oh gosh we have to face this guy now, but it’s the same thing every day. Prepare for the game, it’s nothing different. Keep on achieving your goal and keep on proving them,” Smith explained.
From the field to the classroom, Smith shines in his academics, too.
“I’m also in the Social Studies Honor Society, and in the National Honor Society as well. I have a 4.0 GPA, I mean it’s just something you have to focus on before you come out to the baseball field. My parents have always been on me, especially my mom," Smith stated.
Along with signing on to play baseball at CCU, Smith’s list of accolades include winning all region last year. He played on the states all star team, and was the only Conway High player to play with the national team last summer.
“Baseball is just a competitive sport, if you’re not competitive, you wont be successful. That’s one of the reasons people don’t play past high school because they don’t have the edge, the drive to keep on getting better and if you don’t keep getting better, it’s going to show out on the field," Smith explained.
He’s planning to study business administration at CCU to be a business consultant. That’s if he doesn’t play pro baseball one day.