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Alonso Softballers Sign College Commitments

After growing up through Little League, four Alonso High School softball players signed their college scholarship papers in the most appropriate way.

They were side by side at their Nov. 8 signing ceremony in Alonso’s media center.

Second baseman Caila Weisman (University of North Florida), pitcher Jodi Handler (Georgia Southern University), catcher Madison Coutts (University of Dallas) and third baseman Erin Hale (Missouri Valley College) wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We’ve known each other forever,’’ Hale said.

“Lots of great memories … from the time we were 8 and maybe even before that,’’ Coutts said.

“We’re kind of like family,’’ Handler said.

“We might be going in different directions, but we’ll always be close,’’ Weisman said.

Weisman, who made a big name for herself in helping the Ravens to the 2016 Class 9A state championship game, said she fell in love with the atmosphere at UNF. “Everyone is so close there,’’ Weisman said. “I’m looking forward to experiencing a new lifestyle. I know I’m going to enjoy that school … and I get to play softball!

“I’m excited to start new and fresh in a new state,’’ Handler said. “Georgia Southern is a lot different than Tampa, but it still felt a lot like home.’’

Coutts said she was impressed by University of Dallas’ small-town nature. “It’s hard for me to change and go that far from home, but it will be OK,’’ Coutts said. “The academics are very good and it has the best of both worlds. It seems like a smaller school, but it’s a big city.’’

Hale said she will adjust to the distance from home and Missouri’s winter. “It will be a new life for me,’’ Hale said. “Yes, it will be cold. It will be something new to get used to. But it has been a dream for me to play softball in college, so I’m excited and can’t wait to get started.’’

Now, through staying in touch and playing the game they love, the four will always be together.

By Joey Johnston

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