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Walnut Ridge's Layne Ditto (seated, center) signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Williams Baptist College last week. On hand for the ceremony were (front, from left): his brother, Jett Ditto, and father, Steve Ditto; (back) teammate Lane Kennedy, WRHS coach Derek Bramlett, WBC coach Frank Lee and teammate Cash Lee, who will also be playing at Williams.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

Ditto signs with Williams baseball team

Ashley George
TD Staff

Walnut Ridge High School's Layne Ditto will continue his baseball career just up the road as he has signed his letter of intent to play for the Williams Baptist College Eagles.

A standout pitcher for the Bobcats, Ditto finished his senior year with 117 strikeouts and only 16 walks.

WRHS Coach Derek Bramlett said Ditto is as good or better than any pitcher he has ever coached.

"We've had a lot of good players," he said. "He's tough. I think he will have a lot of success at WBC."

As a three-year starter, he was a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman. He was named All-State in 2014 and has also been selected to the Best Under the Sun team.

Ditto said he feels good continuing his baseball career at Williams.

"It feels pretty good to be close to home, and I have lots of friends out there," he said.

Teammate Cash Lee will also be playing for the Eagles next year at WBC.

Ditto was not only successful on the mound for the Cats, but he was also a great help with the bat. He finished the season with a .435 batting average and recorded 27 RBIs.

When asked what it takes to be successful, Layne stated it "takes lots of work."

WBC coach Frank Lee said he has been recruiting Ditto since the 10th grade.

"He is an outstanding baseball player who is equally talented as a pitcher and as a shortstop/hitter," Lee said. "This is a huge signing for Williams Baptist College. Layne has the potential to help our program take the next step within our conference. He is one of several from Northeast Arkansas that we are excited about."

Ditto is the son of Steve Ditto of Walnut Ridge and Missy Ditto of Jonesboro. He has a younger brother, Jett, who is an eighth-grader at Walnut Ridge Middle School.

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