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Canby senior infielder signs letter of intent to play baseball at Benedictine University at Mesa

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby senior Wyatt McGraw signs with Benedictine University at Mesa to play baseball next year. Canby—Another Canby athlete has signed on to compete at the next level, and this time it was an athlete from the diamond. Canby senior Wyatt McGraw has signed a letter of intent to play with Benedictine University at Mesa in the spring of next year.

McGraw has been playing baseball since the seventh grade, and has played for the Canby Cougars the last four years of high school. He will stay in the infield when he moves down to Mesa to play for the Redhawks. McGraw did not initially think he would play college baseball, but as the years went on he grew fond of his athletic endeavor.

"I think it was over the years of me playing, I really started to fall in love with playing baseball," McGraw said. "With my mom's support, and other coaches telling me I could go and play college baseball, then it kind of became a future goal."

After visiting the campus on Sunday, April 29 and getting a feel for the Arizona environment, professors, and students, McGraw is feeling good about his choice. He will be studying criminal justice when he begins his studies in the fall.

"I really like to help people, and at first I really wanted to go into the medical field," McGraw said. "But then I kind of liked the whole investigative, law based environment. I don't know if I'm going to become a lawyer or go and be a special investigator. But I really enjoy the whole criminal aspect of the program."

In the Redhawks, McGraw will join a team that, at this point in their current season, is 39-16 overall, and 24-6 in its conference. He will leave behind a Canby Cougars team that is 7-14 thus far into the season. The Cougars are scheduled to play against Newberg (1-20) on Wednesday, May 2.

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