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Knights’ catcher relying on faith as he mulls options

April 15, 2019

ONA - From behind home plate, through his mask, Peyton Weekly sees the entire field.

The Cabell Midland High School baseball catcher, however, can’t see his future. Weekly is all right with that, though, because he said he trusts the One who can.

“I can’t see the big picture, but God humbles me and says, ‘Hold back, I’ve got this.’ I trust Him,” he said.

Weekly said his senior season has been humbling. Some colleges he expected to offer scholarships didn’t. A hamstring injury limited him early in the season and the Knights have a 7-8 record, uncharacteristic of one of the state’s premier Class AAA programs. As is every team in Region IV, Cabell Midland is chasing defending state champion Hurricane, which edged the Knights 7-5 on March 28, then 11-7 in 13 innings Saturday.

Still, Weekly projects a genuinely positive attitude. Weekly said he finds strength in daily devotions his youth pastor texts him.

“Some days, they really get to me,” Weekly said of the short Bible lessons. “The scholarships haven’t rolled in and some schools haven’t offered like I thought they would. My hamstring slowed me down. We’re a better team than our record shows. I’m not stressing, though, because God will put me where he wants me. I rely on Him. He’s been a big part of my life since I was little.”

Weekly has options - potentially excellent choices. On Monday, he is supposed to find out if he was accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Weekly was nominated by U.S. Representative Carol Miller (R).

“It’s a little nerve racking,” Weekly said. “I’ve been praying on it since January. I’ve had a lot of people help me out and I want to thank them for that. Even if I don’t get in, it’s still an honor to be nominated.”

WVU Tech also has offered a scholarship, as did Cedarville University. Marshall University also is an option for Weekly, who will graduate with high honors and already has several college credits.

“I could see myself playing there,” Weekly said of WVU Tech in Beckley. “They said I could see playing time early. I’m trying to find a fit and I’m looking at some junior college baseball programs, as well.”

Weekly has a scholarship offer from Marshall’s ROTC program and that appeals to him.

“I have to look to the future because baseball won’t be around forever,” Weekly said. “If I can play baseball and get a degree, that’s a plus.”

The degree comes first. Weekly said he is looking at engineering and athletic training. Schools with both of those programs have offered academic scholarships.

Weekly said he desires to repay his parents, Bill and Kathy, who adopted him, but knows he can’t.

“For everything they’ve sacrificed for me, I’ll never be able to repay them,” Weekly said. “I’ll never be able to thank them enough. Financially, they’ve sacrificed a lot. Mentally, they’ve sacrificed a lot. I’ll never be able to repay them for giving me a good base.”

When he’s away from the baseball field or classroom, Weekly often can be found at a fishing hole or a golf course. He works at Guyan Golf & Country Club during the summer and was a member of Cabell Midland’s powerhouse golf team.

“Golf is my first love,” Weekly said of his preference of sports. “This is one of my favorite weekends because I get to play baseball and watch The Masters. I really enjoy golf. It’s a beautiful game. Hard, but beautiful.”

A baseball cut differs greatly from a golf swing. Mix the two and bad results are bound to occur.

“You don’t want to pull the ball in golf,” Weekly said, with a laugh.

Weekly said he looks forward to the rest of his high school season and hopes it ends with a state championship celebration on the Appalachian Power Park infield in Charleston.

“We’re all good players,” Weekly said. “I have great teammates. Our big dream still is to go back to Charleston and win it. Everybody is on the same page. We’re all holding on to the same rope and if someone falls down, we tell them to hang on and we’ll drag you.”