SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Baseball Brotherhood

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Adam Smith cherishes the bonds he shares with his teammates

By John Overby

Whether it’s baseball or football, Adam Smith is all about developing relationships or, as he puts it, “becoming a brotherhood” when it comes to sports.


He realizes that not any one individual can win a game by themselves and the more united a team can get, the better they will perform as a unit.

“Having these close relationships, you’ve got a bond that’s gonna last forever,” Smith said. “Not everyone gets to experience that because having it on a team is such an important thing. You almost have to have it.”

Smith began playing sports as early as possible after his father, Larry, signed him up for tee-ball. He took to the team aspect right away.

And growing up in a small community like Washington County seemed to cultivate this atmosphere even more than it would in a “big city.”

“This town’s just, it’s something else,” Smith said. “With a small town like this, you get to develop relationships with people, especially in sports. There’s something about it that’s hard to explain.”

Smith credits his dad’s coaching throughout Little League as one reason he enjoyed playing sports so much. He also attributes his dad for helping him see the importance of becoming a leader, something he was able to put into practice as a captain of the Washington County High School football team this past fall.

And it’s something that he’s now bringing over into the baseball season.

“I’ve really tried to lead the team and help the team by leading,” Smith said. “Football helped a lot with that just by being there on Friday nights, developing that bond of brotherhood helped me become a better leader, I think.”

Smith, a right fielder and pitcher, has always enjoyed the hitting aspect of baseball, and he now thinks it is his greatest strength.

To him, there’s nothing like the feeling of hitting a home run.

“When it hits that sweet spot, it doesn’t feel like you’re hitting anything,” Smith said. “It’s like you’re hitting a pillow or something.”

But now that he is older, he has a soft spot for the pitching aspect of his game as well.

“I just like going up there and striking out the batter,” Smith said. “They think they’re gonna get a hit on you, but if you strike them out, they know you’re there to play.”

With graduation just around the corner, Smith hopes to attend a small college and play baseball. But if for some reason that plan doesn’t come to fruition, he said that he will most likely go to St. Catharine College or Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to get started and then transfer to the University of Kentucky.

Wherever he goes, though, he plans on majoring in physical education so that he can be a coach, just like his father.

“My dad’s always coached me since I was a little kid, and I always wanted to be like him,” Smith said.

And no matter how far away he moves from Springfield, the relationships that he has built playing sports at WC will be important to him.

“That brotherhood we’ve developed with each other, it’s going to be different when we go off to college and go our separate ways, but no matter what, that close bond you develop now is gonna last forever, even when we get out of high school.”

Smith wouldn’t have it any other way.