Lakewood's Crisp signs with USC Lancaster

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/2/18

Bobby Crisp doesn't care what position he gets to play as long as he gets to play college baseball.

That opportunity has been afforded to the Lakewood High School player, as he has signed to play with the University of South Carolina …

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Lakewood's Crisp signs with USC Lancaster

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Bobby Crisp doesn't care what position he gets to play as long as he gets to play college baseball.

That opportunity has been afforded to the Lakewood High School player, as he has signed to play with the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

"I've been playing baseball all my life, and I've always wanted to play college baseball," Crisp said. "I'm just happy and thankful that it's something I'm going to get to do. It's a dream come true for me.

"It was when I was 13 or 14 years old that I really got into baseball," Crisp said. "I began playing more and working harder at it."

Crisp, who played his senior season with the Gators after having played for Laurence Manning Academy, played multiple positions in high school. He's been a catcher, an outfielder and a pitcher.

"Catching is something that I don't mind doing, but I feel more comfortable in the outfield," Crisp said.

LHS head coach Bill DeLavan thinks Crisp will get the opportunity to play in the field as well as step on the mound for Lancaster.

"Bobby's got all of the intangibles. He can run a little bit, he's got some pop in his bat, and he's got a plus arm," said DeLavan, who guided Lakewood to a 16-7 record in the just completed season. "He's a legitimate 2-way player. He'll certainly play in the field, and I think he can give them some innings on the mound. He's got great arm strength."

Crisp batted .338 for the Gators in 78 plate appearances. He drove in 13 runs. As a pitcher, the right-hander had a 1-0 win-loss record in eight innings. He had a 0.00 earned run average.

USC Lancaster is a member of NJCAA Region X, just like USC Sumter. The Lancers are 20-21 heading into the region tournament, which begins Saturday at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Despite a subpar season this year, Lancaster won the region regular-season title last season and played in the Eastern District tournament.