Denny Smith talks to the boys at the clinic about hitting. (Putnam Vidette / Leslie Noia)
Denny Smith talks to the boys at the clinic about hitting. (Putnam Vidette / Leslie Noia)

COLUMBUS GROVE - On Saturday Dec. 1 the high school's Principles of Management class held a baseball skills clinic. Instructors for this clinic included Denny Smith, Miami University All-American and former professional baseball player, Kyle Rase, Gibsonburg High School baseball coach and Cory King, Columbus Grove's head baseball coach.

Each group in the class is required to have a project in which they can manage and execute. Seniors Matt Jay, Lucas Nemire, and Trever Schroeder decided to hold a baseball clinic for boys in third to eighth grades.

The camp had several different activities for the kids to improve their baseball skills. Smith, Rase, and King all spoke and shared their baseball knowledge at the clinic.

Smith was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 28th round of the 1969 MLB June Amateur Draft from Bowling Green HS, the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the 1972 MLB June Amateur Draft from Miami University of Ohio and the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 1973 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase from Miami University of Ohio.