SULPHUR — Justin Pettifer gave glory to God.
The Sulphur senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville on Wednesday at Sulphur High School.
“It’s a really special day for me,” he said. “I’m the first one out of my family to go to college right out of high school. To actually go play sports, I’ve dedicated so much time into this and worked so hard for it. I’m just ready.”
His dad, Richie, attested to his son’s work ethic.
“Emotional,” Richie said to describe the day, his voice quivering slightly.
“I’ve seen the work he’s put in. So I’m an emotional, proud father.
“I’ve seen the work he’s put in,” he continued, his voice strengthening, “to see it pay off for him, I’m very proud. As a dad, it probably don’t get any better.”
Aware roles can change based on a coaching staff’s preferences, development acumen and needs regarding depth, Justin said he signed to play as a middle infielder.
Justin said he received an invitation to the school.
“I’ve been to Florida” playing travel baseball, he said. “I’ve played at a few places and seen a whole bunch of other schools, but this place really felt like home to me. As soon as I got there, I loved the coaching staff. I just felt like it was home from the beginning.”