Smith pitches shut out ball at the Reds

Joe Smith, one of the most common of male names for English-speaking people, but a very uncommon athletic talent.

The 2002 Amelia High School graduate made his first appearance at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park during a four-game series, July 17-20, when Smith’s team, the New York Mets, squared off against the Redlegs.

“I was fun being back home, but it was really weird playing a a ball park where I had watched a lot of games when I was in college at Wright State,” said Smith.

During his standout athletic career at Amelia, Smith, 6-feet, 2-inches, 210-pounds, was a Fort Ancient Valley Conference all-star in baseball and basketball. He was one of the best cagers in Greater Cincinnati when he scored 20.3 points per game and hauled down 6.7 rebounds per contest.