Calvary baseball players Ryan Leone and Garrett Williams usually spend their afternoons preparing to lead the defending 2A state champion Cavaliers next season.
On Wednesday, they both took a short break for a signing party, where each signed a collegiate national letter of intent in front of friends, family and teammates.
“I’ve been committed since January, which seems like forever,” said Leone, a pitcher/outfielder. “Now that I’ve signed, it takes all of the pressure off my back. I can’t wait to get to Ole Miss and get started up. And it feels good to see all of the people who came out to support me and Garrett.”
Williams, a first baseman/pitcher for Calvary, signed with Oklahoma State, a decision he made on Sunday.
“It’s relieving,” Williams said. “Before we started all of this, I sat down with my family and decided I would take my time to make sure I made the right decision. That’s what I did.”
Leone, who was recruited by multiple SEC schools, chose to play at Ole Miss because of the community and coaches.
“The facilities are great, and I fell in love with Oxford,” Leone said. “I want to play in the SEC, and Ole Miss has all of the things I was looking for.”
Williams, who also had multiple offers, picked the Cowboys because of their coaching staff.
“Oklahoma State is a great place for me to go to really develop as a pitcher,” he said. “Their coaches are great, and I feel they are really going to help me get better, on and off the field.”
Peyton Attaway and Fielding Matkins sat next to each other, just like they have in dugouts and in classrooms for much of their lives.
Side by side, the Gators seniors signed letters of intent to play at Ole Miss (Attaway) and Northwestern State (Matkins), sharing the rewards of summers spent honing their games with Marucci of Baton Rouge and springs trying to bring a championship home to Captain Shreve.
“I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else,” said Attaway, an outfielder and right-handed pitcher. “He’s one of my best friends. We’ve played together with Marucci for two summers, but, before that, we’ve played with each other since we were like 9. It’s awesome to be able to share this with one of my best friends.”
Said Matkins, a left-handed pitcher: “We’ve traveled everywhere together. It’s been a full-circle experience leading up to today and signing with him.”
Minden: Demondre Harvey, who played at Minden, signed to play for the ULM basketball team Wednesday. Harvey, a 6-foot-7 forward, is at Pearl River Junior College this year. He will have three years of eligibility for the Warhawks.
Senior post player Halle Washington is set to sign her letter of intent to play for Georgia next season. Washington, who was also recruited by Baylor, is scheduled to sign at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
— Staff writer Jason Pugh contributed to this report.
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