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Young Craig Lewis sets high goals in fastpitch softball

Monday, November 10th, 2014
The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys' 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys’ 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

WINSTON, Mo. – When he was a little tyke of 3 or 4, Craig Lewis was already wind-milling a softball and tagging along with his dad from one Missouri ball field to the next.

By first grade, he knew how to keep a scorebook.

And now at 15?

Well, let’s just say he’s too valuable on the field to have sitting on the bench scoring the game.

    TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Craig Lewis had himself quite a high school fastpitch season this year. He pitched the defending champion Winston Redbirds to third place in the Missouri State High School Boys Fastpitch Tournament. This coming on the heels of pitching the Redbirds to the Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Conference championship (6-0, 16-2).

And he was a unanimous pick on the all-conference and all-state teams. Pretty good accomplishments for a 15-year-old sophomore, who had a 14-2 record. And just imagine the grief he’s going to give the competition with two more varsity years left.

So how did all this success come about?

No need to look any further than Craig’s dad, Eric Lewis.

“I grew up watching my dad pitch and I wanted to be just like him,” Craig said. He taught me to pitch and be mentally tough and not cave under pressure. He was always setting up games and taking my (boys’) team places to play, so we could be good in the future. He is the reason I have gotten into pitching.”

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Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Boys’ Fastpitch Conference Season Summary

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

WINSTON, MO – Boys’ fastpitch league play has finished in the HDC Conference along with the Missouri Boy’s State Fastpitch Tournament, and as a result, special awards have been granted to those who achieved at a high level.

First Team All-Conference (* denotes unanimous)
*Craig Lewis, So. Winston (U13)
*Chevy Calhoon, Sr. Winston (AC12,U13)
*Ty Uthe, Jr. Winston (U13)
*Kristchon Hisel, Jr. Winston (HM13)
*Colton Castleberry, Sr. North Harrison
*Blake Emig, Sr. North Harrison (HM13)
*Mason Radcliff, Jr. Grundy
*Drew Cox, Sr. North Mercer (HM12,U13)
*Trey Wilson, Jr. North Mercer (HM13)
*Devin Purvis, Sr. North Mercer
*Damion Goodman, So North Mercer
*Dillon Cook, Jr. Tri-County
*Wesley Sobotka, Jr. East Harrison
Reed Hallock, Sr. North Harrison (U13)
Seth Riddle, Jr. Grundy
Slade Orndorff, Sr. East Harrison (U12,U13)

Honorable Mention
Mason Alley, Sr. Grundy
Lance Cook, Fr. Tri-County

Coach of the Year
Eric Lewis, Winston

Final League Standings
1. Winston 6-0, 16-2
2. North Mercer 5-1, 11-7
3. North Harrison 4-2, 7-6
4. Grundy 3-3, 5-6
5. East Harrison 2-4, 4-8
6. Tri-County 1-6, 2-9
7 Newtown-Harris 0-6, 0-14

HDC Tournament Results
First – Winston
Second – North Harrison
Third – North Mercer
Fourth – East Harrison

State Tournament Final Four
First-Jefferson
Second-North Mercer
Third-Winston
Fourth-North Harrison