CHS senior Colton Crissman was joined by family and friends last week as he signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Westminister. The Cardinal pitcher-outfielder said the school was a good fit.
''I visited the Westminister campus and several others,'' Crissman said. ''I like the environment at Westminister, and the [baseball] team seems to have a lot of potential for the future under coach Tim Mulligan.''
Crissman is not new to Coach Mulligan. He began playing at age six with the Canfield Baseball Club's T-ball league. He stayed with the game and had Mulligan as an assistant coach for Canfield around five years ago. Mulligan just took over the Titan's head coaching position and is building a great future team, of which Crissman will be a part of.
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Proud parents Lionel and Dena Crissman join their son Colton last week as he signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Westminister this fall.
''He'll be playing right away,'' Mulligan said. ''He has the ability to play multiple positions, and he has skills to bring to the game. He is an extremely good person on and off the field.''
CHS coach Matt Koenig said, ''We are certainly going to miss Colton. He was part of our 2012 regional team and has been a great catalyst both off and on the mound.''
Crissman is a rare three-year starter and varsity letterman for the Canfield baseball program as a pitcher and outfielder. He had an outstanding career here at Canfield for the last three years and proved himself over and over.
''He has made some of the plays of the year for us,'' said Koenig.
His efforts this past season helped lead Canfield to a 14-8 overall record and a second-place finish in the All-American Conference.
Crissman said his most memorable high school baseball moments were in his sophomore year, when he had his first varsity start on Indian's Progressive Field in 2012. He also was a key team member when Canfield won the 2012 Division II district championship and went on to compete in the Division II regional championship game.
Westminster has awarded Colton a total of $72,000 in academic scholarships and grants over four years. He is planning to major in exercise physiology as an undergrad, and then continuing on to pursue a graduate degree at YSU in the health care profession.
Prior to his Titan opening game, Crissman will be wrapping up his summer games playing for Rudzik Excavating under coach Tom Otto in the Youngstown Class B.
Off the field, Colton is a member of the St. Luke's Church Youth Ministry, carries a 3.2 GPA, and is the son of Lionel and Dena Crissman.