Sumrall baseball standout Graham Crawford made his college decision official Thursday morning, as he signed his letter of intent with Pearl River Community College in front of his family, coaches and teammates.
“I’ve been thinking about this day for a long time,” Crawford said. “It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was little—to sign to play college baseball. That’s what all the hard work has been about, and all the long hours and long nights and sweat and tears and the whole nine yards. It was to get to this day, and it’s awesome that it’s finally here.”
Pearl River turned out to be an easy and obvious choice for Crawford.
“I actually grew up playing there [at Dub Herring Park],” Crawford said. “I know the president [Adam Breerwood]. The president’s son [Blaise Breerwood], me and him are really good buddies. And the fact that we’re the number one recruiting class in the country helps.
“All the recruits can’t wait to get on campus and get to play together. We’re all good friends, so hopefully a couple national championships are coming soon.”
Crawford is entering his senior season at Sumrall and his third as the team’s starting catcher. Elbow surgery put an end to Crawford’s pitching days during his sophomore year, but not even a four-inch screw in his arm could slow down his bat. This past season, Crawford drove in 17 runs for the Bobcats and finished second on the team in home runs with four, including the game-winning bomb against West Lauderdale in Game 2 of their Class 4A playoff series.
Crawford’s Bobcats went on to lose Game 3 and the series to the Knights, but they return a large chunk of their starting lineup and pitching staff for another run at a championship in 2019.
“We’re very excited,” Crawford said of the upcoming season. “We definitely think we have the team to do it, and we know we can do it. We just gotta get it done when the season comes.”