Hoots Sign Mizzou Commit Smith for 2023 Prospect League Season

The right-hander struck out 98 in 61 innings with a 1.14 ERA on the mound in his ‘22 HS campaign

O’FALLON, Mo. – The O’Fallon Hoots, proud members of the Prospect League, announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ben Smith for the 2023 summer season. Smith comes to O’Fallon as a freshman commit to the University of Missouri (Mizzou). 

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound commit attends Springfield Catholic High School in Springfield, Missouri, making his senior debut for the Fighting Irish this spring, after helping the team to a Class 3 second place finish in 2022. Smith was a dominant two-way force in 2022, throwing two no-hitters in the district championship and quarterfinal game while hitting over .500. The right hander had 98 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched with a 1.14 ERA on the mound, while putting up a .522 BA, 1.487 OPS, 30 RBI, and scoring 34 runs his junior season. The Springfield, Missouri-native finished with a 7-2 record and earned Class 3 First-Team All-State Pitcher honors as well as Big 8 East Player of the Year. Smith continues to dominate, posting 10 K’s in six innings pitched and going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI for the Irish in their 10-0 win over Springdale High School on March 30, 2023. 

The Hoots 2023 summer and promotional schedule is available now at ofallonhoots.com/schedule. Single game tickets are on sale now at ofallonhoots.com. For up-to-the-minute information about the Hoots, visit ofallonhoots.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the O’Fallon Hoots

The O’Fallon Hoots began play in O’Fallon, Missouri in May 2020 after relocating from Hannibal, Missouri following the 2019 season. The Hoots provide fun and affordable things to do in the O’Fallon and St. Charles County areas.  For tickets, merchandise, or any team information, visit ofallonhoots.com.

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