LAKE BUTLER, Fla. (WCJB) – Last year the Union County baseball team finished 21-5, spending part of the spring in first place in Class 1A. Two of the main components of their success signed letters of intent to play college baseball on Thursday.
Infielder Jake O’Steen signed on to St. Johns River and pitcher Luke Johns signed with Florida State College of Jacksonville. O’Steen hit 430 last season and also led the Fightin ‘Tigers in stolen bases while Johns led the team with five saves from the bullpen.
Although they are playing in a small program, both players know that greatness can be reached from a 1A school.
“In my freshman year, I knew I could go somewhere, maybe somewhere small, but college baseball is still an accomplishment,” O’Steen said.
“As a pitcher, you have to be athletic to be successful at the next level,” said Johns. “So it really hit me mentally and I just realized that I had to get my body in shape and prepare for the coming season.”
Both players still have their senior seasons ahead of them. Most of the NCFL’s baseball programs will begin the high school season in mid to late February.
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