Toombs County catcher Cole Graham is going to Brewton-Parker

Cole Graham with father and mother Bryan and Trina and sister Kara plus TCHS head coach Derek James

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. 

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Cole Graham swings the stick as a senior

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.

Cole Graham drives in a fifth inning run with a sacrifice fly in the 2017 Elite 8
Cole Graham takes a throw from cut off man D.R. Meadows and gets a big out at home plate in the Elite 8 in 2017

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.