Bulletin Staff Report
Brownwood’s James Crow was named to the all-national tournament team as the Buzz Lightning Baseball Academy — based of out Waco — recently captured the 13-and-under national championship in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Crow — who played first base, third base and pitched — was one of only 18 players selected to the all-national tournament team out of over 400 competing.
For the season, Crow — a member of the Red team — batted .394 with a home run, 25 RBIs, seven doubles and 20 runs scored. His 25 RBIs served as the team-high.
On the mound, Crow posted a 0.51 ERA as he surrendered three earned runs in 38.1 innings of work. He also struck out 67 batters while walking just nine.
The Red team posted a 41-6 record and won several tournaments — including the Texas State South Zone Championship — en route to a No. 1 national ranking by Super Series Baseball prior to the national tournament.
Crow spent Thursdays and Sundays traveling to Waco for practice from March through July, when the team wasn’t play in tournaments. The team — coached by retired baseball coach and New York Yankees scout Sandy Shofner — consisted of players from Waco, Hewitt, Lorena, Robinson, Groesbeck and Brownwood.
The Red team was presented medals, along with national championship caps, watches, uniform patches and rings.