Priceville High senior Allen Smithson signs a letter of intent to play baseball for Berry College in Rome, Ga. on Wed., Feb. 20. He is seated with his parents, David and Julie Smithson of Decatur, his sisters, Alex and Amanda, and niece Haley. Standing are head baseball coach Shane Hopkins, right, and assistant coach J. R. Dilbeck. | Clif Knight

Priceville High senior Allen Smithson signs a letter of intent to play baseball for Berry College in Rome, Ga. on Wed., Feb. 20. He is seated with his parents, David and Julie Smithson of Decatur, his sisters, Alex and Amanda, and niece Haley. Standing are head baseball coach Shane Hopkins, right, and assistant coach J. R. Dilbeck. | Clif Knight

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PHS’s Smithson, Madewell sign baseball scholarships

Published 11:10am Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two senior members of Priceville High School’s baseball team signed letters of intent to play baseball at the college level on Wed., Feb. 20.

Allen Smithson, a righthanded pitcher and second baseman signed with Berry College in Rome, Ga. and Ryan Madewell, a righthanded pitcher and third baseman signed with Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn.

The event was held in the school library and was attended by both player’s families, coaches and teammates.

A third year starter, Smithson compiled an 8-1 record on the mound and had a .410 batting average as a junior.

Madewell, who is heading into his fourth year as a starter posted a 6-3 pitching record as a junior while batting .508 with 63 hits and 39 RBIs.

“I thank God for giving me the talent I have and giving me the opportunity to live out my dream as a college athlete,” Smithson said. “I look forward to enrolling at Berry. I liked what I saw and heard when I visited the campus. It made me feel like I was at home.”

An A-B student, Smithson said he plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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