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Wellborn's Mikayla Ludwig, left, signed with Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, while Raegan Nunez has signed with Columbia State Community College in Clifton, Tenn.

WELLBORN — Wellborn has two players who will continue their softball careers in college, and both signed scholarship papers Wednesday at a ceremony at the school.

Mikayla Ludwig signed with Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, which is actually her home state. She moved to Alabama to be closer to her uncle, who also was her pitching coach.

“I’m excited that my family can finally come see me play because they haven’t been able to see me play my whole high school career,” Ludwig said. “The only bad thing is my uncle is staying here, so he won’t be able to see me play. He’s coached me all the way through high school.”

Raegan Nunez signed with Columbia State Community College of Clifton, Tenn., as a catcher and will get to play with her best friend Taylor Hamm, who pitches at Ohatchee. Hamm also signed with Columbia State on Wednesday.

Both have played travel ball together since they were 8 years old and planned to play together at Gadsden State before that program was cut. They both found a home at Columbia State, and Nunez was happy about that.

“I feel blessed,” Nunez said. “Getting to play with my best friend that I’ve played ball with since I was six years old is great. It just felt right and like it was where I was supposed to be.”

Both Ludwig and Nunez are also in the top 10 in their graduating class and Ludwig is in the top 3.

Wellborn head coach Brenda Vinson said it’s big for the program that two players will move on to the next level.

“They raised the bar a little by pursuing their dreams, working hard in the offseason and playing travel softball when they could,” Vinson said. “Now, they’ve left a legacy and that’s awesome.”

Sports Writer Will Gaines: 256-235-3577. On Twitter: @wgaines_star.

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