It wasn't exactly how Devlin Granberg drew it up in his head when he graduated from Holy Family in the spring of 2014.

He was supposed to head off to Omaha and play a major role in what the Creighton Blue Jays were doing on the diamond.

But the man that was instrumental in recruiting him, Spencer Allen, moved on to the University of Illinois — and is now the head coach at Northwestern — after Granberg's first season and the culture simply changed.

He needed something different, and boy did he get it.

Instead of transferring to another DI school and having to sit out a year, he went the junior college route and wound up in Cisco, Texas (a town you would miss if you blinked while driving through).

"I'm glad I went and found Cisco, it was a lot of fun," said Granberg, who won two state titles for the Tigers in 2013-14. "I never thought I would leave Creighton and I would not take anything back."

Granberg and his Wranglers teammates — 12 of which are moving on to Division 1 baseball programs next season — put it all together and qualified for the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction and ultimately finished fifth overall.

But while in Grand Junction, Granberg tore things up at the plate hitting a whopping .688 and tying the JUCO record that is shared by four other players including the late Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett. He was named the Marucci Elite Hitter of the tournament and also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.


"It was an amazing experience and on the day we played San Jacinto, we played in front of close to 12,000 people under the lights and it was just incredible," said Granberg, who will get back in the DI game next year at Dallas Baptist University. "Every single team was good and we had to bring it every game."

The highlight of the Grand Junction experience came the day before the games even began. Student/athletes from Cisco and three other schools played a challenger game with physically and mentally disabled kids from the area.

"It was a really cool experience," he said.

Granberg will play summer baseball in the Jayhawk League in Hays, Kansas before venturing back down to Texas to join the Dallas Baptist Patriots.

"I'm excited to kind of get back to civilization in the middle of Dallas and there culture is more blue collar and it's time to get back to work," said Granberg, who has played summer ball in Massachusetts and Florida in recent years. "That's what I wanted and I am really excited for that."

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