One day after teammate Bryce Deloach signed with Brewton-Parker College, catcher Cole Graham made the same decision and despite interest from South Georgia State he decided to sign with the Barons. Graham is coming off a stellar senior season with the Toombs County Bulldogs. He lead the Bulldogs with a .402 batting average and with runs batted in with 23. He also had a .472 on base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage giving him a .983 OPS.
Cole had at least one hit in 21-of-27 games he played in. He had 13 multi-hit games and had the team’s longest hitting streak at 12 games in which he batted (21-of-42) ,500.
Defensively Graham had 133 chances to make an error, but he didn’t. He finished his senior season with a 1.000 fielding percentage while showing his arm and throwing out numerous base runners who dared to try to steal second base.
On the mound Cole went 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA. He pitched five or more innings in 7-of-his-10 appearances. He was the winning pitcher against Coffee twice and also Bryan County, Jeff Davis, Vidalia and Swainsboro.
Cole Graham through the years
Junior Season- 2018- 18-for-85 (.218) 3 doubles, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored. He was hit by 5 pitches and walked 11 times with 13 strikeouts.
Went 5-for-9 in a doubleheader against Brantley County with 3 RBI.
On the hill Cole pitched 28 ⅓ innings and allowed 37 hits and 21 earned runs (5.19 ERA).
He pitched 5 innings vs. Benedictine and allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run with 1 strikeout and 3 walks.
Tossed 7 innings at Jeff Davis allowing 7 hits and 5 earned runs with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Worked 4 ⅔ at Screven County yielding 5 hits and 3 earned runs with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Had a 4 inning stint at Bacon County with 4 hits allowed and 1 earned run. He struck out 4 with no walks.
As a catcher he threw out 6 runners trying to steal.
Sophomore Season- 2017- In his second season behind the plate Cole showed teams all over Georgia that your odds of stealing a base against him were no more than 30%. Cole threw out 70% of the base stealers in both the regular season and during the playoffs. He was selected Toombs County’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Offensively, his most memorable swing came in the bottom of the eighth inning at Dodge County when he singled- with the bases loaded- to win the game and send the Dawgs to the Final Four.
Cole was the best bunter on the team and he hit .262 with 4 doubles and 14 RBI. He also had more walks than strikeouts- 14 to 13. On the mound he threw 12 ⅓ varsity innings and had a 3.98 ERA. He went 1-1 with 6 strikeouts and 6 walks.
He went 2-for-2 against Claxton with a double.
In back-to-back games against Jeff Davis he went 2-for-4 with a RBI and 1-for-2.
In two games against Swainsboro, Cole went 1-for-3 with a 2-run double and 2-for-2, at home, with a RBI.
Cole had 4 hits in 24 at bats in the state tourney. He went 1-for-3 at Banks County and 1-for-3 and 2-for-4 at Dodge County.
He started the first varsity game of the regular season on the mound at Tattnall County and took the loss throwing 4 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs.
Picked up a varsity save against Screven County after tossing 3 innings allowing 2 earned runs with 2 strikeouts and no walks
Was the winning pitcher at Screven County. He threw 4 ⅓ innings yielding 5 hits and just 1 earned run with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.
In a B-Team start- at Jeff Davis- Cole threw 4 innings and allowed 4 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Freshman Season- 2016- Became the Bulldogs’ starting catcher when Dalton McBride suffered an arm injury. He went 1-for-6 with a single against Savannah for the varsity team and 6-for-22 (.273) with a double and 4 walks for the junior varsity.
In B-Team action Cole went 2-for-2 with a double in a 13-2 home win over Claxton and 2-for-4 against ECI.
Went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in an 8-7 loss to Vidalia and 1-for-5 against Appling County with a RBI.
Graham pitched three innings to close out a TCHS 4-3 home win against Metter. He allowed 3 hits and no earned runs with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.
He recorded the final two outs and struck out a batter in a 13-9 win at Appling County and at home against the Pirates he threw 5 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball with 4 K’s and 3 walks.
Middle School Career- Graham pitched all seven innings and stroked all of TCMS’s hits as the Bullpups ended their regular season with a 5-2 win at Bleckley County. On the mound Graham allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run with 10 strikeouts and 3 walks. At the plate-the eighth grader- went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Cole went 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run in a 5-0 win at Reidsville.
Graham went 1-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI in a 5-1 win at Swainsboro.
He went 1-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and 2 runs scored in a 12-9 home loss to J.R. Trippe.
Graham pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed 5 hits with 8 strikeouts in a 9-7 win at Dodge County. He also scored a pair of runs.
In an 11-9 win at Glennville Graham went 3-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.