BENTON -- Kelly softball standout Natalie Lewer signed a letter of intent to play for Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
This year Lewer was first team all-conference, first team all-district, first team all-region and second team all-state as a pitcher.
"We're very excited to have her in our program," said Williams head coach Joe Keene. "Her control is very good. She's got a curveball, a riseball and a changeup with pretty good velocity. Her outlook is good, her attitude is good and she's just a good athlete. We feel she is a nice fit for our program."
In the fall, Lewer finished her high school career with a 34-4 record. In 235 innings of work, she recorded 278 strikeouts. She also batted .272 with a .944 fielding percentage.
"She always gives 150 percent at every practice and game," said Kelly coach Melanie Heuring. "She is the type of player a coach wants because she is always motivated to do better and encourages her teammates to do the same. Finishing second is never good enough for Natalie. She strives to do her best and for her team to finish first."
Lewer was recommended to Keene by Perryville coach John Lambert.
"She was everything he said that she was," said Keene. "I think she will come in and produce right away. I've already told her that we don't want her coming and an playing like a freshman. We want her to come in thinking more like somebody with experience."
Williams Baptist is an NAIA Division I school that went 14-19 last season. Two pitchers in the rotation were lost to graduation.
Lewer is an honor roll student who is in the top ten of her class. She has a 3.7 GPA and is involved in Pep Club, Foreign Language Club, Student Council, Art Club, Beta Club and FFA. She is the daughter of Dorothy and Bryce Kern.