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TEXARKANA, Texas — Liberty-Eylau's Ben Witterstaetter is accomplishing a lifelong goal today when he signs his letter-of-intent to play baseball at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.

The Goshen College Maple Leafs are in the Crossroads League and members of NAIA Div. II.

"Well, Goshen College had a lot of seniors graduate this year, and I think I need to pitch some my first year of college, "Witterstaetter said. "I think sitting at a bigger college or another school would halt my progression. Just the way I've been growing, I've been picking up a lot of velocity lately."

Witterstaetter has the full support of his grandparents, Ray and Melissa Witterstaetter, although they were slightly hesitant at his choice in the beginning.

"When I first told them, they were a little hesitant but they know that playing college baseball has always been a dream of mine," Witterstaetter said. "They're going to support me no matter what. As long as I get to do what I love and I get a great education, they're on board with anything I choose."

Witterstaetter helped the Leopards to a 5-2-1 overall record this spring before the season was shortened.

"I think we would've have a good chance to make a run at a state title," Witterstaetter said. "We had a bunch of seniors and we all were playing really well with one another. It was upsetting when the season was cut short.

"I'm thankful I have the opportunity to continue playing in college. This is one of the biggest events to happen to me in my life. It's always been my dream to play college baseball, since I was a kid. This is a big milestone in my career. I'm not done working though."

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