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Bradford teen Graham Sim makes a grand slam with U.S. baseball scholarship

‘I want to play Division 1 baseball and ultimately play the game I love at the highest level possible for as long as I can’

Bradford District High School Student Graham Sim recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball with Sussex County Community College Skylanders in Newton, New Jersey.

The right-handed starting pitcher currently plays for the 18U Titans Baseball Team, and this 90 percent scholarship with Sussex CC gets him closer to his goal of playing Division 1 (which is the highest level of college baseball offered) at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) level in two years.

Sim is completing Grade 12 and currently studying business management. He attended his first baseball game at just four months old and began playing the sport at age four with his father (Greg Sim). By his third summer, Sim was playing catch with his dad for three hours every day.

Over the years, Sim has played baseball for the Bradford Storm (U8), Newmarket Hawks, and the Barrie Baycats. His honors include Rep Player of the Year in 2017, Rep Pitcher of the Year in 2018, and was the Baseball Club Star Pitcher for the Titans in 2020.

In 2017, Sim pitched a complete game where he won the prestigious University of Michigan wooden bat tournament featuring 24 of the top teams.

“I am very competitive, so I like to win," shares Sim. “I also enjoy hanging with all of my teammates and learning from all of my coaches."

Sim also played rep hockey with York Simcoe Express AAA and was Bradford District High School’s basketball MVP in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Academically, Sim has made the honour roll in both 2019 and 2020 and is currently averaging a 91 percent at the university level.

“He is the consummate team player loved by everyone he knows," expresses Sim’s Father, Greg.

When Sim is not playing sports, he enjoys watching football and listening to music.

“Athletically, I want to play Division 1 baseball and ultimately play the game I love at the highest level possible for as long as I can," shares Sim.

Lawrence Vera, the Titans director of player operations states “Graham came to us with some goals and we worked together to help him achieve his first step towards his D1 NCAA dream. Graham is getting the opportunity to compete for a starting role right away with a great path for his academic career. He’s one of the [politest] kids I have ever met and I am proud to be able to call him a member of the Titans Family."