Nolind signs for Limestone

  • Will Nolind, sitting, center of Williston-Elko High signs a letter of intent to play baseball for Limestone College in Gaffney next spring. Nolind is flanked by parents Chip Nolind, left and Missy Nolind. Standing are athletic director Derek Youngblood, principal Alison Brady, guidance counselor Linda Mack and baseball coach Alan LeRoy.

On Sunday, May 21, Will Nolind of Williston-Elko High inked his letter of intent to play baseball at Limestone College next spring.

Nolind, who was a standout in football and baseball for the Blue Devils, said he felt comfortable with the selection of Limestone College.

“It’s a small school with a good family-type environment,” Nolind said. “The coaches up there really made me feel welcome. It’s a full scholarship so it gives me a great opportunity to better myself both academically and on the baseball field.”

Nolind has played baseball for Williston-Elko High for the past two seasons under head coach Alan LeRoy.

Nolind is a do-it-all type player, excelling at the plate as well as in the field. Last season, he batted .283 with 13 RBIs, nine stolen bases and a .417 on-base percentage. Defensively, Nolind played shortstop and finished with a .897 fielding percentage. Nolind also helped in the bullpen where he finished with two saves and a 2.78 ERA.

As far as hitting, Nolind’s best outing came on April 7 against in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High. In that game, he racked up three hits, including a double, triple and three RBIs in a 14-2 win.

LeRoy said Nolind is a special player.

“Will Nolind is one of the better athletes I’ve coached,” LeRoy said. “He’s a very good contact hitter. Defensively at the shortstop position, he possesses good range.”

Nolind will be going to a Limestone baseball program that finished 22-25 last season. The Saints were at their best at home where they won 19 of 29 games.

“The coaches up there really made me feel welcome. So I’m already confident that I can go in and contribute right away,” Nolind said.

Williston-Elko High Athletic Director Derek Youngblood said he wished Nolind nothing but success as he furthers his playing career.

“Will Nolind is a great young man and a terrific athlete. Limestone College is getting a solid player and I know he’ll perform well for them,” Youngblood said.

Will Nolind said he plans on majoring in physical education and coaching after finishing school.

He is the son of Chip and Missy Nolind.