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Donivan Williams joins the Oilmen to prepare for the next level

05/23/2017 11:09 AM -

Whiting, Ind -- Infielder Donivan Williams from Oak Lawn, Ill, will be making his Northwest Indiana Oilmen debut this summer. Williams is an extremely talented infielder, and ranked the best offensive player in the Illinois high school class of 2017, according to the Illinois State University website. 

Williams is not just known for his bat; he is highly praised for having a remarkable glove at third base, where he played most of his high school career. Before Williams joins the Oilmen, he will complete his senior year at Oak Lawn’s Richards High School where the state playoffs are underway. 

“I think we can make it, I think we can win state,” Williams said. 

Williams will be one of the youngest Oilmen this season.  He says he has never faced college-level of competition before but takes it as a challenge.

“I’m kind of excited,” Williams said. “You know, it’s always nerve-wracking thinking about it…. I just feel like I can handle myself, and I want to prove myself.” 

Williams has been working vigorously with his high school coaches to improve on his pitch selection. He says that is one of his biggest focuses going into the summer – not getting himself out. His aim this summer is to bat over .300.

Williams understands the transition from high school to college baseball will not be easy, but he is confident this summer will be a great experience to get him ready for next season where he will start his college career as an Illinois State University Cardinal.