Alex Hawley firstname.lastname@example.org
November 15, 2013
CENTENARY, Ohio — From Blue Devil to RedHawk.
Gallia Academy right handed pitching standout Gustin Graham signed his national letter of intent Friday at GAHS to farther his baseball career with Miami University.
“Miami has a beautiful campus,” said GAHS senior Gus Graham. “God directed me where he wanted me to go and it was really an easy decision when it came down to it.”
Graham will join a RedHawks quad that was 26-30 last season with a 14-13 Mid-American Conference record. Miami’s last MAC championship was 2005, which is also the last time it competed in the NCAA tournament. Miami has three MAC championships and three NCAA appearances all-time (1983, 2000, 2005).
“He’s a solid guy and a well rounded kid, a yes sir, no sir, kind of guy that’s going to do what you want him to do,” said 10th year GAHS head coach Rich Corvin. “I think he’s a good example that if you do it and do it the right way then this is the kind of stuff you get rewarded with.”
Graham has played two varsity seasons with the Blue and White and improved all across the board.
“Coach Corvin has done an absolutely great job with me,” Graham said. “He’s pushed me to be my best and the atmosphere to get better has always been here.”
In Gus’ sophomore year he batted .311 with 19 runs batted in and 16 runs scored. He went 0-1 on the mound that season with a 7.88 earned run average for the 22-7 Blue Devils.
Graham improved to a .385 batting average his junior year with 28 RBI and 20 runs scored. In his junior campaign Gus went 8-0 with a 1.36 ERA in 46 innings with 73 strikeouts on the mound. Graham earned All-District first team and All-SEOAL honors that season.
“Last year Gus really shocked us at the plate, he hit .385 and had probably the best arm in our outfield,” Corvin said. “He came back from a year where he hadn’t really been on the mound for us to go 8-0.”
Perhaps the biggest of Graham’s eight victories came in the Division II district semi-final when he earned the win on the mound against Fairfield Union. Gus struck out seven and allowed just two earned runs and three hits in that victory.
Graham is the 11th player under head coach Rich Corvin to sign to play at the next level, joining Caleb Warnimont (Akron) as the only two players to commit to NCAA Division I. Graham is the 18th Blue Devil all-time to play in college.
“My dad has never gave up on me, we’ve had countless fights because he always saw something in me that I never did,” Gus said. “My mom has always loved me and played the peacemaker; I’ve been a lucky man.”
Gus played summer league with Ohio Elite under head coach Chris Valentine. Graham will look to lead GAHS to more success this season with a fastball in the upper 80’s. In Graham’s two seasons on varsity the Blue Devils have gone 47-12, winning a share of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League both seasons and advancing to the Division II district tournament both years.