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Cavs Smitley Signs with Capital

Chillicothe's slugging first baseman Chi (as in shy) Smitley is headed to Capital to further her softball career.

In a signing ceremony, surrounded by family, friends and her teammates, Smitley was praised, but also roasted... mostly becuase of her quiet nature.

"As a freshmen, she never said a thing, yes, no, nothing" said Cavs Coach Greg Phillips. "I began to wonder if she was mute".

As her team knows, Chi is nothing but shy now and is a proven leader. She has been an inspiration to her team as she has recovered from a torn ACL, damaged MCL and cartilage problems.

Last November, Smitely had surgery to repair the knee and the odds were against her returning for her senior season.

"It was pretty tough" Smitley said of watching her teammates prepare for 2014. "I'd go to all the open gyms and fields... in the first practice, I got upset because I couldn't do anything... there was a lot of damage in my knee."

But that didn't stop Capital from giving a power hitter like Smitley a look.

She hasn't missed a game and through 13 games this season, Smitley has a .625 slugging percentage, .435 on base percentage, three home runs and 13 rbi. Her most productive game was a 6 rbi day against McClain.

At 7-1, Chillicothe has the inside track to a possible SCOL title, with their lone league loss (4-to-3) came to defending champ Miami Trace. How focused are Smitley and the Cavaliers? "I really want to win. Our team's pretty focused, and I think next week when it comes down to it, we'll be (in a winning attitude)".

The Cavs will have to get the job done on the road, playing their last four league games at East Clinton Monday, Clinton Massie Wednesday, Hillsboro Friday and Washington CH May 5th.

Hear Dan Ramey's interview with Chi Smitley:


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