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TC's Perez signs with St. Thomas

Tampa Catholic 2B Nick Perez, a preseason prep all-American hitting .440 for the Crusaders, has signed with St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, the school announced in a press release.

An NAIA program, St. Thomas competes in the Sun Conference with schools such as Webber International and Embry-Riddle.

"I was not blessed with a typical 6-foot baseball body," Perez said in the release, "but was blessed with the heart of a 6-5 baseball player and have been given a great opportunity by St. Thomas coach (Jorge) Perez."

According to the release, Perez has 33 hits, seven doubles and no errors this season for TC, which plays at Clearwater Central Catholic in Friday's Class 3A region semifinals.