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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:03 pm

Keys Gate senior Madison Wells has decided to continue her softball career at St. Petersburg College.

Wells signed her letter of intent at the school with friends, coaches, and family members in attendance.

“It’s relief, gratitude, and happiness that I’m going somewhere that I actually like and I’m doing what I love,” Wells said. “It’s very pleasing knowing that all of my hard work was meant for something. It wasn’t just thrown away after all of these years. I’ve been doing this for 10 years or more. It’s appreciated and loving in knowing that people where noticing my hard work and dedication all of those years of scrapes, sweat, and tears.”

Wells hit .506 with four home runs and 39 RBIs and went 5-2 with 48 strikeouts in 51 innings as a junior playing multiple positions including in the outfield where she is likely to play at the next level.

“She embodies the exact meaning of what a student-athlete is,” Keys Gate head coach Amanda Lara said. “From day one the work ethic, drive, and love for the game she has showed it, which is one of the hardest things now to fine in athletes. Her love of the game shines through her enthusiasm and her attitude on and off the field. She’s really the type of player college coaches are striving to get so they got lucky with her definitely.”

Wells is the first player to sign with a college in Lara’s five years with the program.

“It’s pleasing because you don’t get a lot here at Keys Gate, but I just proved that it can be done,” Wells said. “It’s not just for me, but also for my other teammates who are younger that you can do it. You don’t have to go to a certain place. You can do it wherever you are as long as you have right type of attitude and the right type of heart.”

Keys Gate will be looking to build on last year’s 16-9 mark when it opens the season on Feb. 14.

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