FAIRMONT — Fairmont right-hander Jacob Crissinger’s pitching skills this season earned him a spot on one of Minnesota High School’s all-star baseball teams.
He is a member of the South team that played against the Metro East team on Friday at 17:00 and is playing against the Metro South team today at 9:00 at Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska. There was a youth clinic before the games, followed by a home run derby.
Crissinge’d South teammates are Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg’s Alex Call, New Ulm’s Jaden Drill, Hayfield’s Easton Fritcher, Sleepy Eye’s Jackson Huiras, Marshall’s Charlie Jacobson, Hayfield’s Nolan Klocke, New Ulm Cathedral’s Sam Knowles, Ian Koosman from Willmar, Beau Lepel from Glencoe-Silver Lake, Jon Lutzi from Byron, Louis Magers from Mankato West, Connor Neubeck from Marshall, Kyle Prindle from Rochester Mayo, Sam Rensch from Hutchinson, Tanner Shumski from Mankato West, Joe Sperry from Rochester Lourdes , Jacob Weckop from Randolph, Nathan Weckop from Randolph and Jake Schmidt from Sibley East.
Byron’s Ryan Hanson and Marshall’s Chace Pollock were the trainers.
“I have to thank all the coaches and my teammates who helped me make this happen.” said 18-year-old Crissinger. “They were fun. I’m excited and grateful to be able to compete against the best.”
Crissinger is a 6-5, 170-pound, right-handed pitcher who throws in the low 80s and features a four-pitch repertoire, a two- and four-seam fastball, a slurve, and a slider.
As a junior, Crissinger finished with a 4-3 pitching record, throwing 52 innings and giving up 54 hits, 17 walks with 44 strikeouts. He had a 3.36 ERA and 1.36 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched).
He worked hard in the offseason and improved his game.
“His maturity caught my attention last offseason on Jacob.” Fairmont baseball head coach Don Waletich said. “He worked a little bit harder than before and made himself a better pitcher. He took his time.”
Crissinger finished his senior season 9-1 overall with a 1.61 ERA and a .93 WHIP, giving up 45 hits and 19 walks in 69.1 innings. He knocked out 83 batters.
Crissinger was the winning pitcher in the Cardinals’ 8–3 win in the Class AA playoff quarterfinals against the Sibley East Wolverines. He went seven innings giving up just five hits, three earned runs and one walk with 11 strikeouts. This was the last time he competed as a member of the Cardinals’ high school team.
The 2022 graduate will play with the city’s American Legion Squad this summer before reporting to his next stop, Bethany Lutheran College Vikings, a Division III school this fall. He will play his college baseball for head coach Ryan Kragh.
That spring, the Vikings finished 19-15 overall and 15-6 in the UMAC (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference).
“I’m looking forward to meeting new coaches and new players,” said Crissinger. “I look forward to playing at the next level.”
Crissinger also played basketball at the Fairmont and is the middle child of parents Jeff and Leslie Crissinger. His sister Taylor is 21 and his brother Joey is 13.
“Joey and I hang out a lot, so I’m sure it will be a little different for him when I’m in college.” said Crissinger.
He will begin his college career in late August.
“I’m ready to practice, prepare for my classes, and join the baseball team.” said Crissinger.
He has been blind in his left eye since birth and wears a mask for protection.
“Blindness doesn’t affect it other than having to wear a mask, which I’ve gotten used to over time.” said Crissinger. “I didn’t like the mask at all as a kid, but now that I’m older I realize it’s a smart move.”