Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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November 14, 2012

Navarro's Curry among 11 Bulldogs' baseball signees

Corsicana — Gage Curry won and he won and he kept winning as a freshman at Navarro last season.

It paid off for him.

Curry, a sophomore right-hander who also starred for the Tigers, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next year.

Curry was one of 11 Bulldogs to sign on Wednesday, including Region XIV Player of the Year and JUCO All-American Kaleb Goodell, who will play for the Texas A&M Aggies.

Curry had a banner freshman year, putting together a 10-1 record with a 2.37 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. He made the All-Region XIV team and he was the East Pitcher of the Year.

Now he’s up for the beach and some baseball.

“I’m very excited for another experience,” Curry said. “I enjoyed my visit with the coaches and the team and I feel that I will be a good addition to the team. I am really looking forward to this season with the Bulldogs and can't wait to start my adventure with the Islanders.”

Bulldogs coach Whoa Dill, another former Tiger who pitched for Navarro and UT-Arlington, said Curry’s hard work on the mound and in the classroom paid off.

“He won 10 games last year and I expect the same this year,” Dill said. “A&M Corpus gave him a huge scholarship and are expecting him to come in and be an ace on the staff. There are two things about Gage and that is he will compete and he isn’t scared of any hitter that steps in the box.”

Curry and Goodell had nine sophomore teammates that signed Wednesday. Also inking letters of intent were:

Catcher John Clay Reeves, Rice; infielder Tyler Wilson, Tulane; pitcher Conor Costello, Oklahoma State; pitcher Lukas Schiraldi, Texas; pitcher Zach Hobbs, UT-Arlington; outfielder Kaleb Goodell, Texas A&M; pitcher Chad Young, Texas State; outfielder Byron Reichstein, West Virginia, shortstop Drake Roberts, Sam Houston; and pitcher Blake Griffin, Tarleton State.

It’s a record-setting haul for Division I schools from Navarro.

“Having 11 guys early commit is the most we have ever had at Navarro College,” Dill said. “We are blessed to have great players that get the job done in the classroom. When you see this many guys sign D-1 and move on continuing their education makes you feel you have done your job as coaches.

“By the end of the season every sophomore will have signed a scholarship.”

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