Three Seniors Cap off Calvary Christian Baseball Career Signing National Letter of Intent
THE SENIORS WON THREE REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS, TWO GICAA STATE TITLES AND NEVER LOST A REGION GAME
The Calvary Christian Knights built up a baseball dynasty, winning the 2019 Division 1-AA and 2018 Division 1 GICAA State Championships. These two titles marked the Knights’ first in school history. Right-handed pitcher Peyton Holloway, Thomas Owen Toole and Tyler Watkins wanted three titles in-a-row, but COVID-19 had other plans. Their senior season was cut short, as well as their academic year.
On the field, these seniors never lost a region game and won two state championships. Now, they’re excited to play college ball.
“The team really reminded me a lot of how Calvary is,” said Shorter University‘s Holloway. “This has been a dream of mine, and for me to be able to do it side-by-side with some of my closest friends, teammates, brothers. It’s just everything.”
Toole and Watkins will both be attending Bob Jones University.
“It just seemed like home even though I wasn’t able to go there,” said Toole. “The coach is really nice and it really speaks volume when a coach comes down and actually watches you.”
“Knowing that I’m going to have a familiar face there at all times, and we’re going to be roommates so that’s going to be something to see,” said Watkins. “Living together and just growing together.”
“Peyton came to Calvary as an incoming Freshman and made an impact on the baseball program in his first year, working his way into the lineup by the end of the year and starting in the postseason. He had some memorable moments, none more memorable than pitching in relief and picking up the win in extra innings and providing a walk-off three run Home Run vs perennial GHSA State Champion, Tattnall Square which ended their 30+ game winning streak. Peyton has been recognized multiple times for his excellence in the classroom, having been chosen as the scholar-athlete of the Week in back to back years. Peyton was chosen by his peers as a captain in both his Junior and Senior season for his leadership on and off the field. He has shown a passion for living his life for God and the calling for his life. We are excited for Peyton and know that Coach Timmons and Shorter University are getting a great addition to their school and baseball program!” – Coach Smith
“Thomas Owen is a Calvary lifer! He began attending Calvary in K5 and joined the baseball program in6th grade on the middle school team. T.O. has been a special part of our program for all 7 years of my time at Calvary. He is a guy that plays with energy and excitement, which is contagious on a team.Having been a player that has had to work so hard for everything, he has a true appreciation for the work that it has taken to get him to this opportunity of playing at the next level. For those that truly know him, they know a passionate person of conviction, integrity and a blue-collar work ethic. He made huge strides in his overall game in his last two years. He impacted the varsity program as an underclassman as a late inning bat and pinch runner in some key situations. As an upperclassman he matured as an offensive power bat, securing a spot in the lineup as a Senior. I believe he was prepared to have a huge senior year, prior to the season coming to an end. The best is yet to come for him and it will happen at the college level. Coach Casteel mentioned wanting to bring in players with a winning tradition and work ethic and T.O. fits the bill as both him and Tyler attend BJU together. We are so excited for T.O and Tyler as they will get the opportunity to make their mark on a new program!” –Coach Smith
“Tyler transferred to Calvary in the middle of his Sophomore year. He made an immediate impact to the team as he solidified the middle of our lineup and right side of the infield. He showed power from both sides of the plate in his high school career and the ability to play outstanding defense at both shortstop and third base. He battled through some injuries, but continued to motivate and encourage his teammates, specifically at the end of his Sophomore year. He has always been a selfless player, putting his team before himself. This is a trait that impacts the culture of a team in such a positive way. Tyler is a guy of great character who was poised to have another great season in his senior year. Tyler will join teammate T.O. Toole at Bob Jones University in South Carolina in the inaugural season for their baseball program. Coach Casteel was drawn to Tyler and the impact he will have on a new program both on and off the field.” – Coach Smith