Another member of Rider's state-medalist baseball team is going to be playing college ball.
Infielder and pitcher Ben Bates will play his college baseball at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas next fall. He signed Wednesday with his family and teammates looking on.
Bates was Honorable Mention All-District this past spring as both a versatile middle infielder and a valuable arm out of the bullpen, with a 5-1 record and two saves.
After signing, he talked about his decision to go to Williams, and how the Rider coaching staff has helped him to improve as a player, on and off of the field.