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High school baseballsoftball '93 C Cards lay their trust in Crawford's arm By JON WALSH Sentinel correspondent ANYBODY WHO KNOWS baseball will confirm that a successful pitcher needs a steady head just as much as a strong arm. Hence, the success of Santa Cruz High right hander Chris Crawford. Crawford, the top returning pitcher in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League this season, confesses that he doesn't have the most powerful arm in the world. But he uses other intangibles to baffle hitters, as Cardinals assistant coach Rudy Escalante attests. "He's a very smart pitcher," ' Escalante said. "He really understands the game, much more than other kids at his age do. He has an outstanding work ethic and mechanics." A senior, Crawford is beginning his fourth season on the varsity squad. His junior season boasted numbers such as a 12-1 record, 82 strikeouts in 93 Innings and an impressive earned-run average of 1.81. But Crawford is quick to spread the praise for his fine '92 season. "Having a good defense behind me helped me an awful lot," Crawford said. "I'd get a ground-ball and I'd have the confidence in the infielders that they were going to make the play." And with the way Crawford pitches, his infielders can expect to see a 'ot of groundballs. "The biggest thing that Chris does is that he keeps the ball down," said Escalante, a former star catcher at Santa Cruz and San Jose State. "He's really tough and he gets tougher when he's behind in the count. He's got a good changeup which he uses to set people up and then gets them with a curve." "I think my curve is my best pitch," Crawford said. "I have a fastball in the low 80s and I really just added the changeup over the winter." Crawford's pitch selection reminds Escalante of another Santa Cruz pitcher, John Wilson, currently the head coach of the Cardinals. "I was John's catcher for a couple of years and I see some similarities," Escalante said. Chris Crawford SCCAL's top returning pitcher "Neither has or had overpowering stuff, but they're very consistent and competitive. Chris has very good composure. Even when things are getting rough, he doesn't really get rattled." With Crawford's fine junior season come the expectations of Please see CRA WFORD B7

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  1. Santa Cruz Sentinel,
  2. 07 Mar 1993, Sun,
  3. Page 19

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