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Smartt receives more post season honors

The off-season awards keep piling up for former Charles Henderson catcher Chase Smartt. Thursday morning, Smartt was named to two All-American lists.

After finishing the 2015 baseball season with a .523 batting average, blasting seven homeruns and driving in 50 RBI’s, Smartt was selected to the first team All-American High School Team by Louisville Slugger.

The awards didn’t stop there. Smartt was also selected Max Preps, Medium School First Team All-American.

Along with being named to The Messenger All-Area Player of the Year earlier this summer, Smartt was also selected First Team All-State as well as being named Class 5A Player of the Year. Smartt was also named hitter and player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

“It feels very awesome,” Smartt said. “Receiving more awards, keeps telling me that I did really well this spring. It makes me want to keep pushing myself to get better everyday.”

After signing to play college baseball for his father at Troy, his former coach Derek Irons leaving for Birmingham and getting drafted by the Atlanta Braves in June, Smarrt hasn’t had much time to breathe and step back to reflect on the last few months.

“Me breathe,” Smartt Joked. “It was hard to take it all in. Being drafted was the best feeling ever. Signing with Troy is the best thing in my life. There is nowhere I would rather be than Riddle-Pace Field. It is my home, and I am with my dad. We will have good times together.”