From the grounds crew to the GreenJackets, local guy makes the roster

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Augusta, Ga--Major league baseballs opening day has come and gone, next, the Augusta Greenjackets. Thursday night they start the season as the boys of summer are ready to swing for the fences.

This evening the team getting together for their first work out at Lake Olmstead Stadium. A talent rich squad loaded with big league prospects. Also on the team, pitcher Jacob Smith, who's from North Augusta. He played baseball on the home school team and actually worked on the grounds crew at the lake. Here's a guy who knows hard work can pay off.

"I worked on the grounds crew so I had to come up from the bottom and have to keep that steady work ethic" said Jacob Smith "Can't let anything get you up or down , too high or too low, just even keel and go about your business"

"I think it's fantastic" said Mike Goff "He's a great kid, he's pitched his behind off, he's had to come from nothing to get an opportunity and I'm going to see to it he gets a pretty good opportunity while he's here."

Smith got a taste of minor league ball last year with short season salem, now stepping up to the next level as he chases the dream. Jackets host Charleston Thursday as the season gets underway.

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