Congrats Isaac Crafton!
January 25, 2012By Tyler Trich of Jeffersonville High School
JEFFERSONVILLE-Jeffersonville High School Junior, Isaac Crafton, has verbally committed to play baseball at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. This season will be Crafton's third straight season of starting behind the plate for the Red Devils'. After a 14-16 record his freshman season, Crafton help lead the Red Devils to a 20-6 record in his sophomore season. He led Jeff in all offensive categories. He posted a .465 batting average, 24 doubles, 33 RBI's, and also belted 7 homeruns as a switch-hitting catcher. He also led the team with a batting average of .370 with runners in scoring position.
"Isaac works as hard as anybody I've ever coached, and he definitely deserves anything and everything that comes to him," Red Devil Head Coach Matthew Rigsby said. "Isaac never needs to be motivated. He is the first to arrive and the last to leave, and it's great to have somebody like that as an example everyday for the younger players," Rigsby said.
Crafton will be joining a Liberty team on the rise. Jim Toman, Liberty Head Baseball Coach, is entering his fifth year at the University after posting the most wins of any head baseball coach in program history during his first four years in Lynchburg. The Flames posted a school record for wins with a 42-19 campaign in 2010 and have won 35 or more games in three of his four seasons at the helm. This past June, Toman saw seven players from his Flames squad selected during the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the most players chosen in a single draft in the 38-year history of the program. The number ties the 2007 and 2010 Coastal Carolina squads for the Big South Conference record for players picked in a single draft. This past November, Rivals.com cited Liberty as one of college baseball's top 10 rising programs. Coach Toman also became the fastest Liberty baseball head coach to amass the 100 career-wins milestone, passing first coach Al Worthington, by reaching his 100th win in 160 games, six fewer than Worthington. On May 2, 2010 Toman Recorded his 100th career victory, as the Flames defeated Gardner-Webb, 10-7, at Worthington Stadium.
Toman also spent several seasons at South Carolina University as well. Six catchers coached at South Carolina by Toman went on to sign professional baseball contracts. The most recent were Trent Kline, who inked a contract with the San Francisco Giants in the summer of 2007, and Ian Paxton, who signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006. Landon Powell, an All-American in 2004, was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland A's, and a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, an honor given to year's top collegiate catcher. Toman also developed Tim Whittaker, a third team All-America choice in 2001, who signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and Brandon Pack, who signed with the Texas Rangers in 2000. Other Toman-coached catchers who have signed professional contracts are Ryan Bordenick in 1998 by the Milwaukee Brewers, and Rob Streicher in 1997 with the Montreal Expos.
"Coach Toman played a huge part in my decision," Crafton Said. "He knows a lot about the catching position, and it definitely shows by the number of catchers drafted from his programs. They have top-notch facilities as well, and when I get on campus in 2014 they will have made several upgrades to the facilities. It just seemed like a perfect fit all-around for me," Crafton added.
Matthew M. Rigsby
Attendance Liasion/Head Baseball Coach
Jeffersonville High School
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