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Blue Raiders add infielder during late signing period

Williams has potential to aid offense

April 15, 2011 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Blue Raider baseball program has signed an infielder to a National Letter of Intent during the late signing period as announced by head coach Steve Peterson on Friday.

Ethan Williams, a sophomore at Columbia State Community College, is a left-handed batter who can play the right side of the infield. As a freshman, Williams received Third Team All-Conference honors.

This season, Williams is batting .408 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 33 RBI with a slugging percentage of .767.

Williams played under Charlie Baxter at Unicoi High School in Erwin, Tenn., where he received All-Conference honors and was named to the Northeast Super 22 team as a junior.

"Ethan has come from a storied program at Unicoi County where the legend Charlie Baxter has coached for many years so he has been well coached in high school. Then he played at a great junior college program in Columbia State for coach Corn, who has a true understanding of what it takes to make the transition from junior college to Division I baseball. I think he has been very well coached," Peterson said. " He is a guy that we feel like will make an impact for us being able to swing the bat, fill in at second base, play first and can also go to the outfield. If he swings the bat like we think he is capable of swinging it, he is a guy that is very much needed in our lineup when he gets here in 2012."

As a senior, he received All-Conference honors and was once again named to the Northeast Super 22 team. Williams was also named First Team All-State and Conference Player of the Year as a senior.

Williams joins left-handed pitchers Jonathan Frebis and Garret Schlecht, outfielder Trevor Haggard and catcher Michael Atkins in the 2011 class.

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