Pitcher Steven Gee commits to Roadrunners in front of a large crowd

There are certain events throughout the course of a career that an athlete will never forget.

Tuesday night was one of those occasions for Taft High senior baseball player Steven Gee after he signed a letter of intent to play for the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team in front of a large crowd in the Taft High auditorium.

"It's one those things I worked for my whole life," Gee said of the signing before the ceremony got underway.

CSUB was not the only college Gee was interested in. He was also interested in four other colleges-Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton.

There is a wrinkle to the signing.

Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds have shown an interest in Gee. Gee has signed papers to enter the MLB draft which will take place at the end of the school year.

"It's pretty good," he said of the Reds being interested in him.

If they give him a good enough offer he will take it, if not he will go to CSUB.

Right now he doesn't have a specific amount of money or years it will take to sign with the Reds. Right now it is just wait and see.

"It will take a lot of money to go there," he said. "Depends on the offer."

Before he makes a decision Gee has one final year left playing for the Wildcat varsity team.

In his first three years on the varsity team, Gee has gone 5-3 in 14 appearances (freshman year), 7-3 in 61 1/3 innings (sophomore year) and 6-5 in 68 innings (junior).

On the offensive side of the ball, Gee has batted .343 (freshman), .319 (sophomore year) and .430 last year.

Looking at the big picture, Gee hopes to win a pair of championships in his final year.

"Hopefully we win league," he said. "Hopefully we'll compete for Valley."

Individually, Gee says his goal is to never stop improving. On the pitching side, "just keep working on mechanics."