Crawford Continues Amazing Turn Around
With District Final Berth
The difference between last year’s Colonel Crawford baseball team and the current squad isn’t that much different on paper, but the results have been completely divergent.
A 6-3 win over Plymouth in the Division IV Galion District Semifinals has the Eagles on the doorstep of a trip to regionals after finishing an abysmal 4-20 in 2018. Amazingly enough, Crawford doesn’t have a single senior on the roster this year but Hall of Fame coach Dan Gorbett has the team soaring in his first year back with the program where he started his coaching career.
The second-seeded Eagles took the lead early, scoring on a fielders choice RBI by Gavin Feichtner in the bottom of the first before adding another run in their offensive half of the third. Sophomore pitcher Drayton Burkhart kept the third-seeded Big Red off the board until the top of the fifth where Plymouth plated a pair of runs to tie the game and appeared to have taken the momentum. But like they’ve done in tough situations all year, Crawford answered the challenge.
“For a team with no seniors we really play well under pressure,” Gorbett told OH.Report after the game, an assessment that was on full display in the bottom of the fifth.
Cade Hamilton manufactured a 1-out run with a single, steal, then scored on a passed ball to regain the lead at 3-2. Feichtner then smashed an RBI double for a 4-2 edge before Dylan Cooke drew an RBI walk with the bases juiced to give the Eagles a 5-2 advantage with two innings to go.
Crawford then matched a 6th inning score by Plymouth in the bottom half of the frame before Burkhart closed the door in the 7th, going the distance for the win by allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts.
The #2 Eagles will next face Northern 10 foe #1 Mohawk for the Galion District crown.