In his senior season for the Toombs County Bulldogs Cole Graham was a clutch hitter, pitcher and defensive catcher. In the Georgia Dugout Senior All-Star Games played at Mercer University, Graham came through in the seventh inning twice and helped his Southeast team win two one run games.
On Friday, Cole- who was named First Team All-Region 2 AA as a catcher- caught the final three innings and threw out a base runner trying to steal third. Then in the final inning, with Southeast leading 9-8, there was a runner at second and two down when a Northeast batter singled into center field. Graham caught the throw from the outfield and tagged out the runner- on a close play- to end the game.
Graham walked in his only trip to the plate.
In Cole’s second game on Saturday against Northwest as a designated hitter he grounded out to second and walked and then he pitched the seventh inning with Southeast leading 13-12. The leadoff hitter reached on an infield hit to short. The second batter reached on a fielder’s choice on a ball hit to third base with the first out being recorded at second base. Graham got a called strike three for the second out and then a pop up to third to end the game as he earned the save.
Graham, who signed with Brewton-Parker College in May, played on a team with players who are headed to Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Mercer and The Citadel. Cole and Bacon County’s Adam Newberry were the only two Region 2 AA players to make the Southeast team.
Graham and Musselman represent Toombs County on the All-Region 2 Team
Cole Graham was selected as the first team catcher which was his goal going all the way back to his freshman season and sophomore Chase Musselman was named to the second team as a pitcher.
Player of the Year: Adam Newberry, Bacon County
Pitcher of the Year: Cooper Brown, Bacon County
Pitchers – Caleb Leggett, Jeff Davis; Brian Crooms, Metter; Skyler Ivey, Bacon County; Catcher – Cole Graham, Toombs County; First Baseman –N/A; Second Baseman – Mason Mikel, Bacon County; Shortstops – Britt Metts, Jeff Davis; Landry Mead, Vidalia; Third Baseman — Landon Thompson, Bryan County; Outfielders – Lane Young, Metter; Bryce Davis, Vidalia; Jordan Walden, Vidalia; Designated Hitter — Bennett Arney, Bacon County; Utility – Caleb Houston, Bacon County
Pitchers – Chase Musselman, Toombs County; Bryson Whited, Vidalia; Deondre Jackson, Swainsboro; Catcher – Colby Marchant, Jeff Davis; First Baseman — John Dowd, Bryan County; Second Baseman – Davis Lamb, Swainsboro;Shortstops – Randon Rigdon, Metter; Nathan Copeland, Swainsboro; Third Baseman – Cade Walters, Jeff Davis;Outfielders – Logan Brazell, Bryan County; Tyler Brinson, Swainsboro; Garrett Gillis, Vidalia; Designated Hitter – Hamp Hayes, Jeff Davis; Utility – Garrison Miles, Jeff Davis