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Area athletes make commitments official (VIDEO)

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

Victoria East left-handed pitcher Ryan Williams, of Victoria, is congratulated by his grandmother, Julia Williams, after signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Texas State University in the library at Victoria East High School.

Ryan Williams made a commitment to play baseball at Texas State after attending a camp in San Marcos last month.

But the Victoria East senior didn't fully relax until he signed a letter of intent with the Bobcats on Wednesday in the school library.

"I'm really excited about this," Williams said. "I've been kind of anxious about getting it done since I committed."

Williams wasn't the only area athlete to make his or her commitment official on the NCAA's early signing day for sports other than football.

Refugio senior Morgan Klaevemann signed a letter of intent to play softball at Florida State.

In addition, UHV softball got the signature of Baytown Goose Creek Memorial senior Madeline Herrera.

Williams became a starter for the Titans last season. The left-hander had a 7-3 record with a 1.26 ERA, and had 80 strikeouts in 60 innings.

"The coaches told me to work out a lot, stay healthy and have a good season," Williams said. "I took the summer off and started throwing about a month ago. I worked a lot on my conditioning and my mechanics."

Williams is proud to become the second East player to earn a baseball scholarship (Hunter Perkins, Alvin Community College) and the first to sign with a Division I school.

But he hopes to end his high school career on a good note.

"I want to win district outright, we've never done that here," he said. "I want to make a deep run in the playoffs and make all-state and win state. We just have to make sure the team is working hard every day."

Klaevemann committed to Florida State as a junior.

Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda watched Klaevemann play in a tournament in California and extended the offer.

"It's such a relief to finally put it on paper," said Klaevemann, who made her official visit to Tallahassee last month. "It feels great to make a real commitment to a place I love."

Klaevemann helped lead the Lady Cats to the Class 2A regional final last season by hitting .500 with five triples, seven doubles, scoring 42 runs and stealing 32 bases.

She has played catcher, shortstop and in the outfield at Refugio. She will likely to move to the outfield full time at Florida State.

"I definitely want to finish out strong with all my sports and solidify my status as my class salutatorian," she said. "We're going to have a young team. Hopefully, we can string something together."

Herrera has played third base, second base, shortstop and in the outfield at Goose Creek Memorial, which advanced to the Class 4A bi-district playoffs last season.

Herrera is the first recruit signed by UHV interim head coach Lindsey Ortiz.

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