Washington realizes his dream

If you work hard enough and never stop believing, your dream will come true. Want proof? Just ask Quitman resident, Brett Washington. The son of Quitman residents, Ronald and Yumeaka Washington, saw his dream come true this past week when he stepped on the baseball field at Grambling State University in a relief pitching performance. 

Entering his senior year at Cedar Creek High School, Washington had hopes of earning a scholarship to play college baseball. After only a few weeks of practice though the excitement about the upcoming season turned to dismay as he was forced to be hospitalized. When he finally became well enough to begin practicing again, the COVID-19 pandemic struck forcing the cancellation of the baseball season. 

Just like that his dream became a nightmare! 

Washington refused to let the unfortunate situation dampen his spirit though and kept working, determined to play. In the spring of 2021, he was given the opportunity to try out for the Grambling baseball team and earned a spot as a walk-on.  He had made the team but that was not Washington’s dream. brett robinson baseball

The dream was to pitch in a game.

It was in Grambling’s 23-8 victory over Wiley on March 9th when the 2020 Cedar Creek High School graduate finally heard the words he had worked so diligently for.

“Washington! Get loose! You are closing the game!”

His dream had finally come true! Washington didn’t disappoint either as he quickly dispatched the Wiley batters three up and three down. He even recorded a strikeout. 

It was a grand personal achievement for Washington but a lesson for all to remember. If you work hard enough and never give up, your dreams will come true


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