Two West Lauderdale Baseball Players Sign for the Next Level

By: Louis Montesi, III and Lindsey Hall
By: Louis Montesi, III and Lindsey Hall

Two West Lauderdale baseball players signed with Mississippi universities on Thursday.

Catcher Blake Anderson signed with Southern Miss while pitcher Will Stokes signed with Ole Miss.

Anderson was the Knights' leading hitter last season and played in several national showcases. He's considered a pro baseball draft prospect.

Stokes was 10-0 as a pitcher during his junior season. His ERA is less than 2.0 and his pitches have reached a school record 93 miles per hour.

"My parents definitely supported anything I would have chose," said Anderson. "I had some offers, but I felt like Southern was the best fit for me, and the coaches... and you can't beat the coaches up there."

"I've been really excited. It's something I've always wanted to do... playing at a D-I school," said Stokes. "And Ole Miss... I like its team and coaches and stuff and... so I'm pretty excited."

Will's older brother, Wes, will be a senior pitcher for Mississippi State this season. The elder stokes was a stand-out player at West Lauderdale and MCC before taking his talents to Starkville.

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