SC’s Smith named POY

Austin Hemmingson | Daily Press Superior Central’s Clayton Smith winds up for a pitch against North Central April 19 at Hermansville. Smith threw a no-hitter and hit for the cycle in that game, and Monday he was named the Skyline Central Conference Player of the Year.

NORWAY — Superior Central’s Clayton Smith was selected as the Skyline Central Conference baseball Player of the Year by the league’s coaches at Monday’s annual coach’s meeting in Norway.

Smith, who signed with Mott Community College, led the Cougars to a first-place tie in the league with Norway. His biggest highlight of the season came April 19 when he threw a no-hitter and hit for the cycle in the same game in a 12-0 win at North Central.

The Jets finished in a tie with Bark River-Harris for second in the league, followed by Stephenson in third.

Smith, along with teammates Eli Werner, Zach Englund and Parker Maki, were selected to the All-Conference team. Jackson Bower, Aidan Johnson and Nick Javurek were selected from BR-H, while Noah Gorzinski, Carter Holle and Wyatt Riley were selected from North Central.

Norway selections include Trey Doda, Payton Thompson, Kody Hendricks and Bret Turini. Stephenson’s Merlin Thoune and Ashton Barstow round out the All-Conference team.