PHS baseball celebrates seniors

Published 1:38 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Seniors on Pelham High School’s baseball team celebrate with their parents on Senior Night March 15. (Contributed)

Seniors on Pelham High School’s baseball team celebrate with their parents on Senior Night March 15. (Contributed)

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer

PELHAM— With high school graduation quickly approaching, Pelham High School’s varsity baseball team took the opportunity to recognize seniors and their families on March 15.

Seven players— Connor Christian, Holden Hawkins, Kyle Phillips, Carson Rector, Griffin Rivers, Cole Thompson and Cole Whitman— were acknowledged during the event and shook hands with the coaches.

“It’s fun for us to see the finished product of however many years they’ve been in the program,” said head baseball coach Sean Anderson. “It’s just fun to watch them grow and mature and become young men.”

Anderson said many of the athletes have been on the team between four and six years, so the coaches have spent a lot of time with them over the years.

Each of the players presented his mother with a rose and his father with a baseball signed by the entire team.

With four to six years of fundraising, driving, attending games and more under their belts, Anderson said the night was just as much about thanking the parents for their dedication to the team.

“It’s just kind of to say thank you for the four years,” he said. “I think the parents enjoy it more than the boys do. We want to say thanks to our seniors, but we also want to say thanks to our parents.”

Five of the students will be continuing their athletic careers in college and have already signed letters of intent.

Whitman officially signed his letter of intent to play baseball with Mississippi State in November, while Hawkins, Phillips and Rivers signed on Feb. 9.

Hawkins signed with Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Phillips committed to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Rivers signed with the University of South Alabama.

On March 7, Christian committed to further his athletic careers by playing football at West Alabama.

“Anytime that our players have the opportunity to continue their education and play the sport that they love, that’s a big deal for us and it’s a big deal for them and their families,” said PHS head baseball coach Sean Anderson. “We are extremely proud.”