Winter Haven's Borders Signs With USF For Baseball
Thu. November 29, 2012 at 10:45 p.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | Winter Haven's Luke Borders will join his big brother on the University of South Florida's baseball team next season. Borders, who will likely play third base or catcher with the Bulls, signed his letter of intent before Thanksgiving.
Levi Borders is a freshman at USF. He played at the catcher and third base spot during the spring and will also try for a spot on the football team this upcoming spring, his father Pat Borders said.
Luke Borders hit .333 as a junior last year with 23 RBIs, three triples and four home runs. He was also the starting quarterback for the Blue Devils this season but won't play football at the collegiate level.
"We are extremely excited that Luke has decided to follow his brother, Levi, and come play for the Bulls," USF baseball coach Lelo Prado said. "He can flat out hit and his left-handed power bat will be a great addition for our lineup."
At Bartow two weeks ago, softball player Rachel Imig signed her letter of intent with the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Her teammate Cheyenne Blaha verbally committed to play for Central Florida State College.
Imig plays third base and pitches for the Yellow Jackets. Last year, she was a first team All-County pick and batted .363 with 24 RBIs, nine doubles and two home runs. UNCP plans to use her as a pitched and an infielder, Bartow coach Glenn Rutenbar said.
Blaha will likely play the outfield at CFSC. She was a first team All-County pick last year and batted .385 with 37 hits and 27 RBIs.