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|Mangham's Williams selected by Marlins|
By Scott Wiggers
Special to The Sun
Alan Williams of Mangham was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday in the 41st round by the Florida Marlins.
Williams was one of nine high school players from Louisiana selected in the draft that included 29 players from Louisiana. While being a dominant pitcher for the past three seasons, he was selected as an outfielder.
Alan is the son of Ben and Connie Williams of Mangham.
Williams concluded his high school career at Mangham leading the Dragons to the state 1A semi-finals for the past two seasons and appeared in the finals in 2007. He was a Louisiana Sportswriter's Association All State selection for two years and an honorable mention once.
He was a Louisiana Baseball Coaches Asso-ciation All State selection for two years. He appeared in the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Associa-tion All Star game in 2008. He made All District four years and was the Most Valuable Player three years. He was All Northeast two years and honorable mention one year.
Alan led the Dragons in 2008 with a .439 batting average with 7 home runs and in 2007 with a .411 average and 9 home runs. On the mound he was 16-3 with a 1.01 ERA and struck out 206 batters in 104 innings. Alan was 14-6 with a 1.39 ERA and struck out 221 batters in 126 innings in 2007.
Coach Scott Wilcher of Mangham said, "Alan is the kind of player that you hope to coach once in a lifetime. He was always ready to practice and work hard. Alan is a team player and a great example to his teammates in the way that he approaches the game. He is a credit to the community of Mangham and we are all proud of him."
Williams recently committed to play at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Coach Chris Rose of Meridian CC said, "We are excited to sign a talented player of Williams' ability. He will be an impact player on both sides of the ball at MCC."
Williams said, "I chose to come to Meridian CC because Coach Rose has a great program and coaching staff. Their facilities and success speak for themselves. I hope to earn a spot and play right away and remain eligible for the draft next year."