Crowe knows baseball

PF senior tabbed as Gatorade state player of the year
May. 29, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

Wil Crowe has had a great month of May.

Just four days after pitching Pigeon Forge High School to the county’s first-ever state baseball title, the Tigers righthander learned he’d won Gatorade’s prestigious Tennessee Baseball Player of the Year award.

“It’s a well-deserved honor,” PF head coach Mike Guinn said. “He earned it. He had a great year.”

“It means a lot,” Crowe said. “It’s crazy on top of winning the state championship. I’m glad I got the honor.”

The senior, who signed a letter of intent to pitch for the South Carolina Gamecocks next season, was incredible in his senior campaign for the Orange and Black.

Crowe finished the year 16-1 for Pigeon Forge, including two postseason no-hitters, including a perfect game.

“Looking at the players that have won it in the past (Georgia Tech freshman Jonathan King, MLB first-round draftee Daniel Norris, former UT catcher Ethan Bennett), he’s right up there with them — or, they’re right up there with him,” Guinn said.

“He had a great year and I’m very proud of him.”

Crowe finished the year with a 15-strikeout, complete game win in the Tigers’ state title clinching 5-3 victory over Goodpasture Christian last Friday.

“He was definitely a player that loved the big moment,” Guinn said. “He did not shy away from the spotlight. He showed up in big games.”

The 18-year-old is a likely high-round draft pick in next month’s Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft (June 6).

The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athetic performance, but high standards of academic achievement and character.

Crowe, who’s now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year Award, maintained a 3.86 GPA at PFHS and was a member of the school’s Beta Club. He also volunteered locally on behalf of Young Life, Jeans for Teens, Lions Clubs International, Sevier County Food Ministrie and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.