State Fair Community College sophomore outfielder Tyler Crane is the third baseball player to sign a letter of intent this year. Crane will continue his academic and athletic career at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He made the decision official in a signing ceremony surrounded by family members and teammates on April 4 in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
"I've liked MNU since high school," said Crane. "I liked all of their academics and the campus when I visited there. I talked to the coach, and I felt it was a great opportunity for me to get a good education and continue to play baseball."
Crane currently leads the Roadrunners in hitting at .384. He also leads the team in hits with 38. Crane ranks third on the team in on base percentage at .479 and second in stolen bases with 12. He has played in 31 of 33 games so far this season.
As a freshman, Crane was third on the team in batting average at .318. He played in 45 games, had 42 hits and drove in 23 runs. Crane was second on the team in stolen bases with 18 and led the team in on base percentage at .455.
There is one thing that Crane will definitely remember about his time at SFCC.
"I will remember all the 5:30 a.m. workouts," said Crane. "It was tough, but it helped make me who I am today."
"Tyler is the type of student-athlete who goes above and beyond in everything that he does," said Head Coach Jud Kindle. "He is an extremely hard worker in the classroom and on the field. He will see the areas of the game in which he needs to get better and will continue to improve in those areas. Tyler will be a solid contributor to the MidAmerica Nazarene team next year."
Crane plans to major in sports management with an emphasis in business at MidAmerica Nazarene.
"I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me during my time at SFCC," said Crane. "I appreciate the opportunity to continue my education and play baseball here. I have enjoyed it."