This week, former University of Florida and Williston High baseball player Austin Langworthy signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Langworthy, who led Williston to back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015, could have opted for an additional year at UF but felt at the age of 23 it was time to pursue a professional baseball opportunity. His 17 hits this year tied for third on the Gators’ team.
Langworthy, who leaves UF with a national title, hit .403 during his high school career at Williston with 85 RBI and 11 home runs in 111 games. He was dominating on the mound as a Red Devil, with a career record of 28-1 with a 0.64 earned run average in just over 240 innings pitched.
In his four years at Williston, Langworthy finished with 315 strikeouts and allowed just 31 walks.
At UF, Langworthy, was a four-year starter, hitting .270/.369/.413 with 36 doubles and 19 home runs in 198 games. He also appeared in 18 games as a pitcher, going 1-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 32 innings. He also played three summers in the Cape Cod League.