While Reservoir senior right-hander Lee Lawler has plenty of baseball yet to play in a Gators uniform — starting with the District V title game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover — he now has the peace of mind of knowing which uniform he'll be wearing next season as a college freshman.
With his parents and coaches by his side, Lawler signed a national letter of intent to play for coach Mike Gottlieb at Towson University in a ceremony in the Reservoir High auditorium on May 8.
Lawler has helped Reservoir win 40 games against only two losses over the past two seasons at Reservoir.
As a pitcher last year he was 5-0, allowing only three earned runs on 14 hits in 30 innings for an ERA of .70. He struck out 41 batters and walked only seven.
Lawler, who also plays shortstop, scored 17 runs and stole seven bases last season.
So far this season he is undefeated on the mound, leading the Gators to a second consecutive county title with a 19-1 overall team record.
His highlights this season include complete game shut outs of Atholton (11 K), Glenelg (13 K) and Marriotts Ridge.
At Towson Lawler will join fellow Howard County products Chris Acker (Atholton class of 2010), Paul Beers (Atholton '11) and Mike Draper (Mount St. Joseph, '10).
Ben Winter, a 2008 Centennial graduate, is wrapping up his senior season with the Tigers.
Earlier this spring Winter became the 17th player in Towson history to join the 200-hit club.