Williams decides to play for Cougars

By JOE CANNON
Posted 4/11/18

Choosing to sleep in his own bed for the next couple of years, Bradley Central’s Pete Williams has decided to continue his baseball career at Cleveland State.“I really like Coach (Mike) …

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Williams decides to play for Cougars

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Choosing to sleep in his own bed for the next couple of years, Bradley Central’s Pete Williams has decided to continue his baseball career at Cleveland State.

“I really like Coach (Mike) Policastro. They have a real good organization, plus I like the ideal of getting to stay at home while I’m going to school and playing,” the senior shortstop said earlier this week while making his decision official.

“Hopefully after playing there for two years, I’ll be able to move on to a four-year school to keep on playing,” he added.

“Pete has been really good here at Bradley and has the tools to play short or second for us,” Coach Policastro stated.

“Offensively, he is able to make things happen. It’s always good to get a local guy as well.”

“Pete is as hard of a worker as I’ve ever had here,” declared Coach Travis Adams, who has directed the Bradley program for more than a decade.

“He’s dedicated in the weight room and we have to run him out of the practice facility. He’s here early and stays late to work on his game.”

Williams has had some strong workout help the last few years, spending time in the offseason with professional players Ryan Casteel and Logan Longwith, plus former Walker Valley and Southeast Missouri State standout Chris Caffrey, who is starting his pro career later this month in a California Independent League, joining the group this past winter.

“Pete has worked really hard with Ryan (Casteel) and the guys,” related Coach Adams. “That has really helped him improve his game.”

“Working with Ryan and Logan has taught me a lot,” declared Williams. “I know the game better now because of spending time with them.”

Williams is second on the Bears this season with 21 hits, posting a .328 batting average, plus adding 14 walks for a .456 on base percentage.

He is tops on the squad with 17 runs batted in, plus has a trio of doubles and a pair of triples in his safeties.

During his junior season, Williams hit .340 with a .402 OBP.

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