Veteran's Welford signs with Georgia College

Veterans' Skyler Welford sits with her family after signing a letter of intent to play softball for Georgia College/(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

KATHLEEN, Ga. -- In David Coffey's time coaching baseball and softball at Veterans high school, he's had 23 baseball players sign to play college ball after graduation. He hadn't seen any of his softball players sign on to the next level.

After three years as the head softball coach, he finally has his first collegiate signee.

Thursday morning, Warhawks' shortstop Skyler Welford signed her letter of intent to play for the Georgia College Bobcats.

"She holds a special place in my heart," Coffey said. "Her work ethic is second-to-none...she shows what working hard can do."

While Welford says she initially wanted to go far away from home to play college ball, it turns out the perfect fit was just 45 minutes away.

"I wanted to go far away from home, but then I realized that Georgia College is perfect for me," Welford said. "The size of the school, how close it is, and the majors it has. It has everything I want and I'm really excited to go."

And her father Craig is just happy he'll get to see his daughter play at the next level.

"I love it, I can be there in 45 minutes from work, be able to watch her play," Craig Welford said. "We may get a lakehouse down on the lake for that."

Welford says she's excited for the next chapter of her life to start, and can't wait to be on campus in Milledgeville next season with her new teammates.

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