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Conway crystal clear about Chanticleers

August 18, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Josh Conway just completed a summer semester at Coastal Carolina University. The fall semester begins today, followed by the beginning of fall baseball practice next month.

For now, that's Conway's life. The midnight signing deadline came and went on Tuesday and he bypassed the offer of the Atlanta Braves, who drafted him in the 42nd round of June's amateur draft.

"They made an offer but I made a decision that was easy to make," said Conway, a former three-sport star at Smithsburg High School. "I'm glad I went through the process. ... I'm proud of everything I've done and how things went."

The Braves organization had brought Conway to Atlanta for a weeklong workout shortly after the draft and he was impressive.

Instead of signing with the Braves, Conway will play for Coastal Carolina for the next three years. As an underclassman, he must now wait until the completion of his junior season to either re-enter the draft or sign with a team as a free agent.

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"You have a dream as a high school player to get drafted," said Conway via telephone. "Now it will be a dream to get drafted out of college."

Conway's parents, Dave and Mindie Conway, totally agreed with their son.

"We've supported Josh 100 percent in his decisions," said Dave Conway. "He has made an informed decision and a mature decision. There is no right or wrong to the decision. The Braves organization showed us a lot about themselves. They are very family- and education-oriented. The offer they presented just wasn't enough to skip college."

Josh Conway is already looking forward to playing baseball with the Chanticleers.

"We've got some experience back and our goal is simple -- to make it to the World Series in Omaha (Neb.)," he said.

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