Three Rider Baseball Players Sign Division 1 Letters of Intent

Rider's Cameron Allen Will Play at Arkansas-Little Rock
Rider's Cameron Allen Will Play at Arkansas-Little Rock
Raider Ben Smith will be a Chanticleer at Coastal Carolina
Raider Ben Smith will be a Chanticleer at Coastal Carolina
Gage Green will play in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State
Gage Green will play in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State

It might not feel like baseball season, but it is signing season for three of Rider's diamond stars.

Cameron Allen was once verbally committed to New Mexico, but after things soured with the Lobos he signed Wednesday with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Allen had maybe the best spring and summer of the three, as he and team-mate Ben Smith led the Burkburnett Blacksox to the Don Mattingly Under-17 World Series championship, with Allen named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

"It's been great," said Allen. "All the success the teams I've played on have had. Especially Rider making it to the State Championship and then going to the Burkburnett Blacksox and winning a World Series."

Smith signed with Big South Conference powerhouse Coastal Carolina, a team that has made the NCAA Division 1 Tournament ten times.

"Not many people know them," explained Smith. "But people around baseball do know them, they've got a great team. They've been to the Super Regionals, and they've got a great program down there...I wouldn't be here without this program and Coach [Scot] Green, [Josh] Bobbitt, it's just a great program to be around. It's why I'm here.""

And the coach's son, Gage Green, will stay the closest to home. He signed a letter of intent to play at Oklahoma State University.

"I'm real excited," said Green. "I know I got to tour OU and OSU and I really liked OSU, the small-town feeling to it. I liked the people there, the coaches were great, players were awesome."

Of course, there is still unfinished business for the Raiders this season, as they plan on getting two more wins at the end of the season.

"We've got to get in the weight room, get out on the field, you know, just keep working," said Allen. "Hopefully we're planning on getting back to the State Tournament and hopefully we'll win it this time."