Patch’s Smith to play NCAA Division I baseball

Patch baseball standout Jack Smith has committed to play collegiate baseball for New York Institute of Technology. Upon his debut for the Bears, Smith would become the first product of DODDS-Europe’s five-year-old baseball program to play NCAA Division I baseball.

Smith has been a fixture of DODDS-Europe baseball since his standout freshman season at Wiesbaden. His three-year stint at Patch included three straight All-Europe selections, three straight Division I European championship game appearances and divisional titles in 2011 and 2012.

As a senior, Smith made major contributions at the plate, on the mound and in the field. He posted a .659 batting average, a .775 on-base percentage and a 1.385 slugging percentage while drawing 21 walks, many intentional. As a pitcher, he notched a 1.10 earned run average. Defensively, the versatile Smith shifted capably from catcher to third base to the middle infield.

Smith also starred as an All-Europe quarterback and linebacker for the Patch football team, which also reached last year’s European championship game.

A member of the Great West Conference, NYIT finished its 2012 season with a 10-47 overall record under first-year head coach Bob Malvagna.

Smith will attend NYIT on academic and Air Force ROTC scholarships.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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