Hurler’s Growth Spurt Is Good News For Rye Baseball

Like many teenagers, Rye hurler Ryan Crawford had a significant growth spurt before 11th grade, and for good measure, he added another inch or two for senior year. Now at 6'5", he understands the emphasis the added elevation will have on opposing batters. Rye is also raising its pitching mound this year and maybe exactly with Ryan's junior year in mind (2-1, 2.28 ERA).

"I don't think so," he says. Either way, that doesn't mean Rye's expectations are going in the other direction as they enter this season.

They went out after the first round of the playoffs

and an 11-10 season but the return of their entire infield and starting pitching staff bodes well for 2011, he believes. “We have high hopes,” he says.

On his end, he does what he can to lead by example and is single minded on what it takes to get himself out

of a jam. “I focus on making one big pitch,” he says.

But again at 77 inches, batters shouldn’t assume the high heat is coming with the bases loaded and two outs. “My out pitch is off speed – change up, slow curve,” he says.

Hitting his spots, he’ll be taking his right arm to Hamilton College next year – ready for what baseball has taught him. “Never give up and you’ve always got to work hard for what you want,” he concludes.

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