Rick Smith has done a remarkable job with the Jackson College Jets baseball program, sailing through now his 13th season.
The Jets are 30-12 overall this season, and 22-6 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Their conference record is good enough for 2nd place, behind a 34-6 (27-1) Lansing Community College. They have clinched a berth in the MCCAA Seeding Tournament and the Region XII Tournament.
Winners of 10 straight heading into the postseason, Smith told WKHM that the Jets program goes beyond baseball. “At Jackson, it’s a program that if you play here, you’re good. You have to do a lot of things right,” Smith said. “I always tell parents, and I tell players that at Jackson, we’re not just a baseball factory. We’re here for him to get an education, and we’re here for him to get a memorable experience, make history, and play with a good ballclub.”
At least 9 Jackson College players have committed to programs at the next level. The squad heads to Siena Heights University to face Kalamazoo Valley Community College (29-13 overall, 22-6 conference) on Thursday in the MCCAA Seeding Tournament.