If you’ve followed Smyrna High softball at all the past few years, the name Emily Smith is sure to ring a bell. A standout on the field, she has been a big part of the Lady Eagles softball team’s success. And her days of playing softball aren’t quite over as she’ll walk on to the Delaware State University softball team next year as an utility player.
Smith took a few minutes of her time to answer some questions for the Sun-Times about why she decided to be a Hornet and what she’ll miss about playing at Smyrna High.
Q Why did you decide to play for Delaware State University?
A Delaware state gave me the best opportunity with the academic aspect. When I was accepted into Delaware State, I asked Coach Janice [Savage] what steps I had to take to be a softball player. She told me she would allow me to walk on to her team. Not only will I be getting a free education through academic scholarships, but I will also get to play the sport that I love.
Q Were you considering any other schools?
A Yes, I was. I was accepted into West Virginia University and Widener University, and I was just about to say I am going to Widener then Coach offered me the walk-on spot. Widener was a beautiful campus and a felt like a home away from home.
Q What do you think contributed to your success at Smyrna High as a softball player?
A My success in general comes from my parents. My mom constantly pushed me to be better than better. My dad coached me and went to coaching clinics to help better me and my teammates.
My travel ball coach, Frank Reed, was more than dedicated to the team and was a coach who coached you properly.
Friends of my parents would tell them they are following me in the paper. I was bet and determined to make sure they kept looking for my name, making me a better ball player.
Q What's your favorite memory from Smyrna High?
A There are so many. Freshmen year was being over at the middle school and our food fight.
Sophomore year was receiving my 1st team all-conference utility and honorable mention all-state recognitions for softball.
Junior year was going to the [state] championship for softball.
Senior year was being named a captain for both field hockey and softball, and receiving conference awards for both. Also being FFA president.
Page 2 of 2 - Q What are you going to miss the most about the team?
A How we were so much like a family. We fought like one, played like one, we were one.
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