Two LHPs: one signed, one unsigned

Matt Crouse is having the best summer on the mound of anybody in the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League. He hopes that will carry over to the school year when he takes the mound this fall and next spring for the Ole Miss Rebels.

The Young Harris (Ga.) Community College product, who will arrive in Oxford as a sophomore, has been impressive in the Washington, D.C., area league.

"I'm throwing the ball pretty well. It's been a good summer," said the 6-foot-4, 185-pound left-hander, who is pitching for the Carney Pirates.

Indeed it has. Crouse has so far pitched in six games with five starts, is 5-0 and sports an outstanding 0.58 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31 innings pitched.

"My fastball (topped at 92 in juco) has been really good this summer," said Crouse, who also has a changeup and a curveball in his arsenal. "I've been getting pitches over the plate consistently and getting people out."

Crouse has played summer ball with Matt and Mike Snyder, two current Rebels, for three summers. The Snyder's dad, Brian, is the pitching coach for Carney.

"I knew about Ole Miss through them," Crouse said. "When Ole Miss was recruiting Matt and Mike, they saw me pitch. I was already committed to juco, and they recruited me to come to Ole Miss after one year (at Harris Young)."

He also looked at Florida and North Carolina State. But Ole Miss was where he actually committed last fall, signing this past April.

"They told me I could come in and compete this year and have a chance to pitch," said Crouse, who was 7-1 last spring at HYCC with a 3.23 ERA. "That's all I could ask for, and I'm excited to be down there soon."

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Dave Roseboom of Pattersonville, N.Y., watched Ole Miss and Alabama play baseball in March and has had Mississippi on his mind ever since.

"I'm mostly looking at Mississippi," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound LHP. "I like them a lot and love their campus and really everything about the experience. Virginia and West Virginia are making contact also, but Mississippi is a good match."

He was 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA last spring as a junior with LaSalle Institute and is 3-1 this summer with the South Troy Dodgers in Connie Mack play. Perfect Game/Rawlings named Roseboom an Underclassman All-American and projects him as a mid-round draft selection and definite Division I prospect. He was named a preseason and postseason Louisville Slugger All-American.

Roseboom throws a fastball, cut fastball, curveball and changeup. His velocity is mid-80s to near 90. His entire arsenal makes him an effective pitcher.

"I'm putting a lot of effort into my fastball and increasing velocity to 90," he said. "My strong suit is my offspeed stuff. I use my changeup as the out pitch. It is a split-change that drops off the table and tails."

For Roseboom, Ole Miss sounds like the place he might just like to be after his senior year of high school.

"There may be a ways to go in the recruiting process," he said. "I just know Mississippi is up there and seems like a very good fit. I come from a very small community."


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