Rider's Stone Signs with Weatherford

Rider senior Mason Stone has worn a lot of hats for the Raiders, especially of the helmet variety.

Thursday he put on a new hat, with a "W" on it, for Weatherford College.

Mason signed to play for the NJCAA Division-I school in the Rider batting cages.

He said it will be a little weird being a Coyote after growing up a Raider but, "At least it's still black and gold."

As a sophomore, Mason hit .333 with four homers and 36 RBI to help lead the Raiders to the Class 4A state championship.

He's had to come back from a pair of tough football injuries his junior and senior seasons, but is still a solid contributor behind the plate and in the outfield for the Raiders as a senior.

Mason said the recruiting process was tough after his injury this fall. Many coaches stopped paying attention after he tore his ACL playing football, in the same game when J.T. Barrett tore his.

But he said WC's coach saw him play against Lake Dallas, one of his better games this season (3/4, double, RBI), liked what he saw and invited Mason for a visit.

"I thought I was done with baseball this year," Stone said. "It crushed my heart, but I kept trying and battled back on the field."

He and his Raider teammates will be back out on the field Friday night at 7 p.m. against Fort Worth Brewer, trying to keep pace in a tight District 5-4A race.