Quinton Smithwick helped secure a postseason spot for his Orange Grove Bulldogs. Now, he’s also taken care of his future in the sport.
The big Orange Grove High School right-hander signed with St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. The storied college baseball program awarded Smithwick their first-ever “full ride” scholarship, which means his schooling at St. Mary’s University is paid for the next four years.
With his parents, Sonny and Debbie Smithwick, and Orange Grove High School players and coaches looking on, Smithwick signed the necessary paperwork to make his decision final.
Orange Grove is 8-6 in District 31-4A and 13-8 for the season. They finished the district season in third place and have a bi-district game before them. Smithwick ended the regular season as the Bulldogs’ leading hitter with a .410 batting average. On the mound, Smithwick was 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA through 37 innings pitched.
Aside from Orange Grove High School, Smithwick also plays for the South Texas Javelinas and the San Antonio Lobos. In 2012, the South Texas Javelinas, won the 14U Super Series State Championship, and he was selected as the tournament MVP.
In 2013, he was selected 30-3A Academic All-District and 30-3A First Team All District at second base. During the same year, the South Texas Javelinas won the 15U USSSA World Series Championship in which he was selected as defensive MVP. They were also champions of the 16U AAYBA World Series tournament, in which he was a pitcher.
In 2014, Smithwick received 30-3A Academic All-District, selected First Team All-South Texas, voted 30-3A Junior of the Year, selected for the Hooks All-Star team honorable mention, and named as a 2015 Top Prospect in Dec 2014 and was on Scouting News Magazine cover page.
This season, Smithwick was ranked No. 4 in the Nation of Uncommitted prospects. He was elected as “All American Honorable Mention Pitcher,” and selected as “All State Texas First Team Pitcher” by the PG Baseball Scouting Organization. He was also selected as (Astros) Hooks preseason All Star second baseman and selected as a Top 40 4A player in the Texas High School Baseball Association.
Smithwick received offers from more than 40 different colleges ranging from junior colleges to NCAA D1 schools, including some in the Big 12 Conference, but opted to play at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. St. Mary’s is known for its highly successful baseball program and academic excellence specializing in pre- and post law studies. The program fits right in with Smithwick’s goals of continuing to play baseball and getting a law degree.