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Former ASU baseball star Smalls signs with pro team in N.M.

William Smalls is batting just .238 with the Santa Fe Fuego, but the former ASU star recently had a game where he hit two homers and had four RBI.

William Smalls is batting just .238 with the Santa Fe Fuego, but the former ASU star recently had a game where he hit two homers and had four RBI.

SANTA FE, N.M. — William Smalls did it all during his college career at Albany State, including being named the conference’s Player of the Year and leading the Rams to a championship.

Now he’s getting the chance to duplicate those feats at the professional level.

Smalls signed recently with the professional independent baseball club, the Sante Fe Fuego in Santa Fe, N.M. The Fuego play in the Pecos League, which had 49 players drafted in the most recent MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Smalls, who has already played in nine games this season and is batting .238 with two homers with five RBI, joined the team midseason. His breakout game came Sunday against the White Sands Pupfish when he was 2-for-2 with two homers, four RBI and three runs scored. The Fuego are currently 13-20 overall this season and sit in third place in the Pecos League’s North Division out of four teams, seven games behind the first place Trinidad Triggers.

Smalls, who played for the Rams from 2008-2012, tallied 191 career hits, scored 156 runs, drove in 124 runs and drew 89 walks for a final batting average of .383. He also came away with 305 total bases, 20 HRs, 12 triples, 31 doubles and 33 stolen bases.

As a sophomore in 2010, Smalls led Albany State to the conference championship and was named the tournament’s MVP. In 2011, he was named the conference’s Player of the Year and made the All-Tournament team. He also made the All-Conference team in 2012.

“William Smalls is a great kid with great work ethic,” ASU coach Kenyan Conner said. “His greatest moment was going 4-for-4 with four home runs his junior year in Memphis against LeMoyne-Owen. He’s been all-conference, all-tournament, player of the year — you name it. I am very happy he has this opportunity.”