Bailey Crump hasn’t had an easy road to get to Missouri Western. Yet when he’s on the field he performs like a natural.
The 6’3 sophomore, Crump has shown everyone who has attended a game of Griffon Baseball that he’s the real deal.
Crump’s baseball journey started in Potosi Missouri with 2,608 people, but he remembers his early days of baseball going into St. Louis for little league games.
“The earliest memories of baseball that I have are going into St. Louis which is about an hour and a half away and from those experiences I just continued to fall in love with the game. Then I started to play in high school and was serious about playing in college,” Crump said. “Then I went to a junior college which helped me develop more as a player which prepared me for Missouri Western.”
Crump has met a lot of supporters but to him his biggest supporter now and forever is his mother.
“She’s always been there for me as a mother taking me to my first games and cheering me on to today. She sacrificed so much for me,she did everything for me and I’m grateful for that and I love her so much.” Crump said.
This season Crump has been on a tear, batting .269 and with a slugging percentage of .605 while adding 11 home runs alongside 29 RBI leading both categories for the Missouri Western baseball team while being tied for second in hits with 32.
Crump had his best game of the season on Apr. 18, with a 4-4 performance that included a home run and 8 RBI against Emporia State, tying the RBI record at Missouri Western. When asked about his performance, Crump kept it simple.
“I just saw the pitches better than I ever did this season, I was just comfortable that game and I just did what I always did,” Crump said. “It felt really good. I had a great game.”
With Crump’s outstanding performance so far in the season it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Head coach Buzz Verduzco was vocal about Crump’s strong start to his Missouri Western career.
“Bailey has put in a tremendous amount of work to make himself as a player especially offensively the sky's the limit for Bailey,” Verduzco said. “He’s been making improvements all around his game and he knows what areas to work on and over these next two seasons it’s gonna be really fun to watch.”
Verduzco also gave props to Crump’s ability to be comfortable around his teammates in the locker room.
“He’s had a positive attitude and impact towards the guys. It’s always hard when a new player joins but the team welcomed Bailey and ever since then they’ve meshed into a collective unit,” Verduzco said.
Crump has found a home at Missouri Western with his coaches, teammates and the fans behind him, it’s going to be a fun and exciting time for Griffon Baseball moving forward in the future.