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Lady Hounds’ Williams signs with Wesleyan

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Pitcher is third member of 2020 class to sign to play in college

  • Lady Hounds’ Williams signs with Wesleyan
    Savannah Williams pitches for JCHS. CHUCK THOMPSON/Staff
  • Lady Hounds’ Williams signs with Wesleyan
    Savannah Williams and family at signing.

Pitcher Savannah Williams became the third senior from Jones County’s 2019 softball team to sign to play in college when she announced last Friday that she will attend Wesleyan College in Macon.

In three seasons with the JCHS varsity, Williams had a 36-13 record in 70 games. She pitched 302 1/3 innings, struck out 230 and walked 39, and her earned run averages were 2.18 as a sophomore, 2.80 as a junior and 1.87 as a senior.

She finished her high school career with a 12-2 senior season as the Lady Hounds placed third in the state Class 5A playoffs.

Earlier this year, second baseman Kloey Goins signed with Georgia Gwinnett College and shortstop Madison Bennett signed with Georgia Highlands College.

“I had been interested in Wesleyan for a while. I have a friend in the program,” Williams said. “But with everything shut down (due to the coronavirus), I couldn’t get in touch with the coach. I had decided I would go to Columbus State and try to walk on to play softball, then the Wesleyan coach called and said they had an opening, so it all worked out.

“It’s close to home and they have a good biology department.”

Williams said she plans to major in biology and then get a masters degree in education so that she teach.

Jones County’s retiring softball coach, Blake Lyons, said he was pleased Williams will have the opportunity to pitch in college.

“She deserves the chance. She has battled all through her school years to get a chance to play, and this was no different. But with the way she pitched for us against top teams proved she deserves the chance.”