By: Matt Rothman
JP Taravella The varsity baseball team got a little better with the addition of another pitcher to their list for the 2022 season.
Jacob Smith, who committed to play for University of Pacific in California as both hitter and pitcher, will only play his final year with the Trojans after moving away Spanish River Community High School and Boca Raton.
During the two years he played baseball in high school, Smith hit 27 hits in 16.2 innings. He also added six hits last year, including three doubles while playing in the field.
Smith says his decision to transfer to JPT was simple. He has never seen a team hungry for success and is excited to play for head coach Joe Giummule.
Growing up on Long Island, Smith moved to Florida in seventh grade and began playing baseball as an 11-year-old. A big part of helping him learn the game is Hitting and Pitching Coach Stock Ramirez and Strength and Fitness Coach Emanuel Ramirez.
Smith also credits his family for all the hard work they have put in to get to this point, from taking him to trainings and games to supporting him during highs and lows. His older brother Jacob, who attends the University of Tampa, is also in constant communication with Smith to improve his game.
After a year with the Trojans, Smith will join a baseball program that has won 110 games since 2016.
Being engaged means everything to him. He has always wanted to play at a high level, and knowing that he will go to a Division 1 school is “overwhelming”.
“It’s a great achievement, but it does not change the way I work.”
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