Jace Estes signs FSU baseball scholarship
By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
Jace Estes, star baseball player for the Wakulla Christian School Saints, signed a baseball scholarship last week with Florida State University.
While several Wakulla baseball players have gotten scholarships to two-year junior colleges and transferred to play for FSU, Estes is the first to sign to go directly to FSU.
At a scholarship signing ceremony at the school on Thursday, Nov. 2, Wakulla Christian Coach Buddy Montague (SP?) credited the scholarship offer to Estes’ “accumulation of many years of hard work and prayer.”
He noted Estes excelled not only athletically, but academically as well.
“He works hard on the field, off the field, and in the classroom,” Montague said.
Montague has coached Estes since he was at Riversprings Middle School, and the coach said he recognized Estes’ special baseball talent 5 minutes after seeing him.
For the Saints, Estes played his freshman as shortstop and had no errors.
Last year, as a junior, Estes hit .458 and – as a pitcher – threw a fastball in excess of 90 mph.
Estes helped lead the Saints to their first-ever championship last year.
“Just remember, “ Coach Montague told Estes, his voice throbbing with emotion, “coach loves you… and if there’s anything I can ever do for you…”