The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 21, 2014

Crouch signs to play baseball at Crowder

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City pitcher Cade Crouch said tradition was one of the main reasons he chose to continue his baseball career with the Crowder College Roughriders.

Crouch officially signed with the Roughriders in front of a gathering of coaches and classmates on Tuesday afternoon at Webb City High School.

The Webb City senior will be joining a Crowder program that finished the 2013 season with the nation’s No. 13 ranking and a 47-13 record.

The Roughriders have won six Region 16 championships and won the South Central District championship in 2010.

“I looked at Central Missouri and several jucos, but Crowder was by far my No. 1 choice,” Crouch said.

Crouch was a second-team all-COC Large Division pitcher as a junior.

“With Cade it comes down to that’s he a kid who can flat-out pitch,” Crowder pitching coach Don Lisi said. “He not only has good stuff, but he knows how to compose himself on the mound. He doesn’t just throw. He’s a true pitcher.”

Lisi said he is most impressed with how Crouch commands his fastball. However, he said Crouch also has a strong breaking ball and changeup.

“He’s got the tools where he could either be a stopper out of the bullpen or he could have a starting role for us,” Lisi said. “A lot of that will be decided by him ... We know he’s going to work hard.”

Crouch still has his senior season ahead of him at Webb City and will play at Crowder in 2015. He is the son of Shannon and Fonda Crouch.

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