© Katie Brickman
Bryce Crosbie from Moose Jaw is headed south this fall as he signed with Mayville State University to play baseball. He earned a scholarship with the Comets and will play shortstop for them. The Moose Jaw Devons graduate will also be headed to Quebec next week to compete at the Baseball Canada U18 Midget Championship. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Regina Wolfpack could have picked any midget AAA baseball player in the province to join them for their trip to nationals.
Bryce Crosbie made sure they were thankful they chose him.
Crosbie won two games as a pitcher and was third on the team with a .350 batting average as the Moose Jaw shortstop helped lead the Wolfpack to semifinals at the Baseball Canada Midget Championships in Trois-Rivières, Que.
“I felt like I took on an important role on the team, which was nice,” said Crosbie. “I wasn’t really expecting to play nearly as much as I did, but it was nice to get the opportunity.”
Crosbie had a strong offensive season for the Moose Jaw Devons as he hit for a .314 average, drove in 20 runs and stole 10 bases to go along with his strong defensive play.
He pitched a lot as well — he was third in the league in innings pitched — but had a 2-6 record with the Devons. He said he didn’t expect to pitch very often for the Wolfpack and yet he got the ball in the national semifinal against Alberta.
“I knew that I was supposed to pitch a little, but I definitely went out more than I thought I would,” said Crosbie.
The Wolfpack lost 4-0 to Alberta. Crosbie allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings work. He also allowed eight hits.
“I was definitely happy with how I did. I wish I could have got the last one though,” said Crosbie. “I was able to see how I matched up against them. I thought if I had made a couple of more pitches, I could have kept that game tied.”
Regina lost 9-6 in the bronze medal game to the hosts from Trois-Rivières. They finished with a 4-3 record for the tournament.
Crosbie pitched two perfect innings of no-hit relief in a 5-4 win over Nova Scotia and he got gave up two hits and no earned runs over three innings as he got the start in a 13-3 win over Newfoundland & Labrador.
At the plate he scored four runs, hit two doubles, drove in three runs and stole two bases.
Crosbie leaves Saturday to begin the school year at Mayville State in North Dakota. The fall baseball season starts in two weeks. Crosbie is hopeful that his strong week at nationals will help prepare him to make the jump to the collegiate level.
“It was definitely a good confidence boost and it was good pitching to face,” said Crosbie. “It was a good start to head down there.”