The 11th player from Crowder Team 53 has committed to a four-year school.
On Sunday, it was announced by Crowder that former Crowder outfielder Cameron Witt had committed to NCAA Division I Campbell University.
“I’m blessed to say I’ll have a new home for the next two years at Campbell University,” Witt said June 30 on Twitter. “Huge thanks to everyone that helped me to get to this point including my family, friends, and everyone I spent my time at Crowder College with.”
He signed off his Tweet with the hashtag #RollHumps, in reference to the Campbell athletic teams being named the Fighting Camels.
The former Monett High standout Witt played on the last two Crowder teams that combined for 100 wins and earned one JUCO World Series appearance, one district title, one Region 16 title, and one Region 16 runner-up.
This past season, playing in 39 games, Witt finished with a .207 average (19 for 92) with 31 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 20 RBI, 32 walks and 29 strikeouts, and five stolen bases in six attempts. Witt reached base over 43 percent of the time.
During his freshman season, Witt played in 64 games and hit .281 (55-196) with 48 runs scored, eight doubles, two homers, 25 RBI, 32 walks and 46 strikeouts, and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
Looking at those numbers, one can tell Witt improved his plate discipline in his second season, drawing the same number of walks (32) in 25 fewer games played his sophomore season.
Witt was one of the key role players on the last two highly successful Crowder teams.
For example, in an early-season game against Labette at Roughrider Field, Witt led off a tied game in the 10th with a triple, on a ball where Labette’s right fielder lost it in the sun, and Witt promptly scored the winning run on Luke Price’s hit through the left side of the infield.
“That was big,” Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said after the game of Witt’s triple. “We were going to have to start making some decisions that next frame, so it was big to get the game over there. Obviously, a leadoff, a misplayed ball in the outfield, guy gets out of the box hard, and how many times you see a guy do that? … He ends up at third and they’ve got to pull their infield in. Right there, that game winner’s probably a grounder their guy normally fields and all of a sudden, we’ve got one out and a guy at second base. I give them credit. They’re just playing the game the right way and Cam Witt does that every game. He got out of the box and that 90 feet changed the entire complexion of the game.”
Witt should fit right in with the fighting spirit of the Fighting Camels.
Last season, Campbell finished with a 35-26 overall and 21-6 Big South Conference record, and the Fighting Camels reached the NCAA Regionals where they were two-and-done after losses to regional host Georgia (18-5) and Duke (16-8).
The Fighting Camels play at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek, North Carolina, the home of Campbell University.
The name of the stadium comes from the former MLB player, who played both baseball and basketball for Campbell from 1956 through 1959 before embarking on a 17-year MLB career highlighted by his earning the 1970 American League Cy Young Award pitching for the Minnesota Twins. Perry’s the older brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry, and they are the only brothers to both have won Cy Young Awards. The brothers rank second among brother combinations (behind Phil and Joe Niekro) for career victories with their 529 (Gaylord 314, Jim 215).