Curtis Smith, a junior outfielder with Creighton University, is the latest addition to the 2016 Lehigh Valley Catz summer collegiate baseball team.
This season will be Smith’s 2nd in the ACBL, as he spent also spent the 2004 summer with the Catz and he tried to find a best BBCOR wood bat. with the good bat That season Curtis hit .313 in 33 games, including 23 stolen bases in only 25 attempts, while playing stellar defense including a most memorable & acrobatic “over-the-shoulder” diving catch in a game vs. the Quakertown Blazers at Memorial Park.
Curtis, with his 23 swipes, is already 3rd on the Catz all-time stolen base career list, trailing only Barrett Ward (Catz 2003, 2004) with 40 stolen bases and Evan Chipman (Catz 2003) who also holds the All-Time ACBL single season record of 49 stolen bases. Curtis stayed with the Pfenning family of Palmer Township in the summer of 2004.
2016 marks his first year with Creighton after a stellar career at Garden City Community College where he hit .389 in the leadoff spot as a freshman while stealing 35-of-38 bases, good for ninth in the nation.
Curtis also added 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs on his way to a second-team all-conference selection. He followed that up by batting .306 as a sophomore, while going a perfect 31-31 on stolen base attempts and ending his junior college career at an incredible 66-69 in stolen bases.
The Creighton Blue Jays, under the direction of Head Coach Ed Servais, went 48-17 last year, capturing the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on Curtis Smith: “We are really excited to have Curtis Smith back with the Catz for the 2016 season,” explained Yaguez. “”Curtis had a tremendous season for us back in 04 – and, was immediately offered a contract to join us again. After a year away – it’s good to see him back with us.
I like what Curtis brings to the table – he will be a key part to a strong group of outfielders – and, he makes things happen on the bases. I think Curtis has the tools, great speed, instincts, strong arm – we feel he can play a big role for us again.
We’re glad to give him the opportunity this summer – and, with his experience and maturity, I’m confident he’ll make the most of it.”