LAURINBURG — After driving in two runs to help Scotland’s baseball team earn its first win of the season on Wednesday night, senior Storm Graham woke up the next morning and signed his letter of intent to play at Newberry College.
It was a good stretch for Graham, who transferred to Scotland High from Richmond prior to his sophomore year.
“It was our first win, so it was great,” Graham said after making his college decision official inside the school’s media center on Thursday. “We’ve been struggling, but we’re going to pick up the pace and we’re going to finish the season off strong.”
Graham, who has two hits and a pair of RBI in six at-bats this season, will play Division II baseball with the Wolves in Newberry, South Carolina. The private college is a 2 1/2-hour drive from Laurinburg. Graham said he was impressed with the culture at Newberry.
“I went out to a lot of colleges,” Graham said. “(Division)-Is, D-IIs, D-IIIs. I wanted to be somewhere where I would be happy for four years. I met with the coaching staff, and they just seemed to connect … I connected with them a lot. I got their numbers, and we were texting on and off. They were asking questions, sending me drills and checking up on me.
“I felt like it was family from the beginning, so it was an easy choice when it came down to it.”
Graham, who also played soccer for the Fighting Scots, holds a career batting average of .239 in his third year at Scotland. He tallied a career-best 14 RBI last season.
Graham said he was excited about being a part of Scotland’s baseball family when he transferred to the school. He quickly made an impression on coach Chad Hill.
“He has a lot of God-given ability that he’s just now tapping into,” Hill said. “When he gets to college, his ceiling is pretty high. He’s got a chance to be really good and learn a lot of new things.”
Newberry’s record is currently 19-7. The Wolves compete in the South Atlantic Conference, which includes several North Carolina schools. Newberry’s non-conference slate sometimes includes local teams such as UNC-Pembroke.
Graham is excited to begin his next chapter, but he is still focused on making his last chapter at Scotland a good one.
“Everyone’s for each other, and it’s just great being a part of something like that,” Graham said. “Especially with the coaches we’ve got and the talent we have. It’s going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to really get started on the season.”
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