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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.


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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Winston Redbirds sweep through Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

2013-Winston.Boys.Fastpitch.webThe 2013 Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Champion Winston Redbirds include front row from left, Saxton Pliley, Ty Uthe, Stephen Evans, Chevy Calhoon, Dakota Hiley, Morgan Farrell, and Craig Lewis. Back row, left, assistant coach Jill West, Kristchon Hisel, Ethan Hiley, Jr. O’Dell, Zach O’Dell, Jordan Leonard, and head coach Eric Lewis. Not pictured, assistant coach Wayne Alexander and manager Jacob Lewis. Contributed Photo

WINSTON, MO – Led by superb pitching and an explosive offense, the Winston Redbirds swept through the 22nd annual Missouri Boys’ State Fastpitch Tournament undefeated by outscoring three opponents 42-3 to claim the title of the eight-team event held Oct. 4-5 at Danner Park in Chillicothe.

Winston opened with a 15-0 victory over Tina-Avalon, and followed that resounding offensive fireworks display by knocking off North Harrison 12-2 to set up a championship encounter with the Grundy County Panthers of Galt.

The Panthers (2-1) reached the finals by defeating East Harrison 17-2, and then pulled out a thrilling 9-7 victory over Jefferson. But the Panthers were no match for the Redbirds, who rolled to a 15-1 state championship victory – the first for Winston since the tournament began in 1992.

Winston enjoyed a dominating season by winning the HDC Conference title at 6-0, the HDC tournament championship and then capped off its season with a state title to finish 17-1.

And this may only be the start of a long championship run for the Redbirds as the entire roster is expected back next season, including freshman sensation pitcher, Craig Lewis, son of head coach Eric Lewis, who also serves as the school’s boys’ basketball coach and athletic director.

The Jefferson Eagles, 10-time state champions, claimed third with a 2-1 record, while North Harrison took fourth at 1-2. Newtown-Harris (2-1) claimed the consolation bracket by downing Mercer (1-2), 12-6.


1. Winston 6-0, 17-1
2. Grundy County 4-2, 9-4
2. Newtown-Harris 4-2, 7-9
2. North Harrison 4-2, 6-6
5. North Mercer 2-4, 7-12
6. East Harrison 1-5, 4-9
6. Tri-County 1-5, 1-7

    FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE (*denotes unanimous selection)

*Micah Busick, Sr. Newtown-Harris (U11,U12)
*Luke Stanley, Sr. North Harrison (AC11,U12)
*Gaige Blake, Sr. North Harrison (HM11,AC12)
*Reed Hallock, Jr. North Harrison
*Destin Gann, Sr. Grundy (HM11,U12)
*Clayton Radcliff, Sr. Grundy (U11,AC12)
*Cade Mullenix, Jr Grundy
*Chevy Calhoon, So. Winston (AC12)
*Craig Lewis, Fr. Winston
*Ty Uthe, So Winston
*Drew Cox, Jr. North Mercer (HM12)
Slade Orndorff, Jr. East Harrison (U12)
Matthew Craig, Sr. East Harrison (HM12)
Adam Crawford, Sr. Newtown-Harris (HM11,U12)
Grant Widner, Sr. North Mercer (U12)
Stuart Eller, Sr. Grundy

    Honorable Mention

Kristchon Hisel, So. Winston
Tanner Hudson, Jr. Grundy
Blake Emig, Jr. North Harrison
Trey Wilson, So. North Mercer
Nate Sutton, Sr. Tri-County

    Coach of the Year

Eric Lewis, Winston

Meadville claims Missouri High School Boys Fastpitch State Championship

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Submitted by Eric Lewis / Head Boys’ Fastpitch Coach Winston High School

DANNER PARK, CHILLICOTHE, MO – Meadville High School swept through the 21st Annual Missouri Boys State High School Fastpitch Softball Tournament, July 28-29, to claim the championship by defeating Tina-Avalon in the final, 13-4.

Meadville won three games to claim the title. In it’s opener, the Eagles defeated Grundy 8-6, and then knocked off Mercer, 15-2, to advance to the championship game. Meanwhile, the Tina-Avalon Dragons opened by downing North Harrison 17-2, then held on to turn back the reigning state Champion Jefferson Eagles, 6-5, before falling to Meadville.

    The Top Finishers:
    1. Meadville Eagles
    2. Tina-Avalon Dragons
    3. Jefferson Eagles
    4. Mercer Cardinals
    5. North Harrison Shamrocks won the Consolation Championship with a 11-2 win over Winston.

The teams entered in the tournament include: Grundy, Ridgeway, Hale, Winston, Newtown-Harris, Tina-Avalon, North Harrison, Meadville, Mercer, and Jefferson. Defending champion Jefferson won four consecutive state titles (2008-2011) and eight in the past nine years.

The Missouri All-State Team: Meadville: Derek Smith, Derrick Knifong, Kolton Friesner and Trevor Corzette. Tina-Avalon: Noah Meyers and Joe Ray. Jefferson: Zach Jermain, Sam Kelley and Jordan McCrary. Mercer: Thomas Mallinson and Caleb Wyatt. North Harrison: Garren Gibson and Luke Stanley. Newton: Micah Busick.

Other high schools playing boys’ fastpitch include Gilman City, Pattonsburg, Northwestern, and Breckenridge.

To read and see photos about Missouri boys’ fastpitch, visit: Missouri Boys’ Softball News and Photos

Missouri Boys’ All-State Fastpitch Softball Team Announced

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The 2011-2012 Missouri All-State Boys’ Fastpitch Softball team includes:

By Eric Lewis, Winston High School athletic director and coach
Missouri State Boys’ Fastpitch Chairman

Jefferson High School
Clayton Schieber, senior, unanimous selection, three-time all-state performer
Zach Jermain, junior, unanimous
Sam Kelley, junior
Blake Meyer, junior

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