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Monett's Enloe and Smith to play college baseball

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A new Pirate. Monett's Jake Smith signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Park University in Parkview. Smith batted .449 for the Cubs this past season. Smith is pictured above with Monett Baseball Coach Michael Calhoun. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett Cubs' Marcus Enloe and Jake Smith signed letters of intent to play collegiate baseball yesterday. Enloe signed with Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar and Smith with Park University in Parkview.

"Both of these young men were three-year starters," said Michael Calhoun Monett's head baseball coach. "Marcus and Jake were definitely two of the better players I have ever had. Marcus is a very high energy, high octane player. He was always aggressive while on the field. Jake is more over an even keel, consistent personality he never gets too high or too low. Both of these young men helped the Monett baseball program win a lot of games."

The Cubs won 56 games over the last four years, making the Class of 2011 the winningness baseball program in Monett history.

Reaching his goal. Marcus Enloe, third baseman for the Monett Cubs committed to play baseball for Southwest Baptist University Bearcats on Thursday. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Marcus Enloe and Monett Coach Michael Calhoun. Second row: Marcus's parents, Eric and Shelly Enloe. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"Marcus and Jeff led by example," said Calhoun. "Not only did they work hard at practice each and every day, but they both put in work outside of practice. They will be greatly missed."

Enloe and Smith join fellow Monett alumni Kyle Coatney (Missouri Southern), Brendon Cox (Southwest Baptist) and Spencer Witt (Crowder College) as active collegiate baseball players.

Marcus Enloe

Enloe played third base for Monett this season. He batted .329, scored 32 runs and had 19 RBI.

"Going to college to play baseball was a goal of mine since I was little," said Enloe. "When I visited the SBU campus and saw the baseball facilities, I was really impressed. Coach Chris Martin really sold me on the program and that is what sealed my commitment."

Enloe will play short stop for the Bearcats.

"Playing collegiate baseball is going to be a big adjustment," explained Enloe. "Several of the pitchers you face can throw the ball faster than 90 miles per hour. The MIAA conference is a tough baseball league. Last season they had 23 players chosen in the MLB draft. At SBU I will have the opportunity to come in and show what I can do. The prospect of earning the right to play early is very appealing to me."

Enloe plans to major in sports management while at SBU. He also has some practical advice for younger players.

"Set your goals high and don't stop 'til you have achieved them."

Jake Smith

Smith anchored the catching duties for the Cubs this last season and signed with Park University.

"I was very impressed with Park's academics," said Smith. "Going to college was never a question for me. Getting to play baseball in college is just a bonus. I am glad to be able to continue my playing career, but I'm also glad to get to go to college."

Smith said he was drawn to baseball as a youth, because the sports lends itself to any type of player.

"Anyone can be successful in baseball," explained Smith. "You don't have to be six foot, five inches to play. All you need is heart and the drive to succeed."

Smith batted .449 for the Cubs this season with 28 RBI and 23 runs scored.

"The greatest memory I have is winning our district title," said Smith "Baseball has always been good to me."

Smith also has sage advice to pass along to the younger generation.

"Listen to those who have done more than you," said Smith. "Don't think you know everything and try to learn all you can."

Smith plans to major in athletic training.

Editor's Note: Smith and Enloe are the second and third 2011 Monett graduates to sign a letter of intent. They join Ethan Davis (who signed to wrestle at Northern Illinois University).

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