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      Former ASU Shortstop Fires Up Independent Opportunity

      Former Albany State shortstop William Smalls has signed an independent contract with the Sante Fe Fuego in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

      The Santa Fe Fuego is a professional baseball team playing in the Pecos League of Baseball Clubs. Smalls played for the Golden Rams from 2008-2012.

      During his career, he played in 145 games and collected 191 hits, 156 runs, 124 RBI TMs, and 89 walks. His career batting average is .383. He also recorded 305 total bases, 20 homeruns, 12 triples, 31 doubles and 33 stolen bases.

      As a sophomore in 2010, Smalls led Albany State to the SIAC Tournament championship. He was named the tournament TMs Most Valuable Player.

      In 2011, he was named the SIAC Player of the Year and made the 2011 SIAC All-Tournament team. He made the SIAC All-Conference team in 2012.

      William Smalls is a great kid with great work ethic, ASU head baseball coach Ken Conner said. He also plays the game the right way.

      His greatest moment was going 4-for4 with four homeruns his junior year in Memphis against LeMoyne-Owen. He TMs been all-conference, all-tournament, player of the year- you name it. I am very happy he has this opportunity.

      **Information from Albany State athletics**