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Arm strength, stature and the will to win. All are traits possessed by Wil Crowe and all are reasons why he is among the top prep pitchers in the Volunteer State.

The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) High School junior struck out eight over seven innings in a 4-2 win over Alcoa in a Region 2-AA tournament semifinal. That victory kept the Tigers (27-7) alive in their bid to make it to the BlueCross Spring Fling and TSSAA Class AA state tourney.

"It just feels good," Crowe told InsideTennessee. "It's mostly about the team; I couldn't do it by myself. I didn't have my greatest game, but I pitched pretty good. Without the eight guys on the infield and outfield, we wouldn't have won that game. So, I give the credit to them."

Pigeon Forge fell 11-5 in the 2-AA final, which means it will hit the road for tonight's sectional versus Unicoi County (20-15). Trotting back to the mound on three days' rest with his team's season on the line again will be Crowe.

"It's not too big of a deal," said the right-hander, who admitted logging over 70 innings this season. "We work on a throwing program. I can come back whenever really. It gets me ready for the season. I usually don't have many problems."

Should Pigeon Forge take care of business, it will have its ticket punched for state.

"Our team motto right not is 'Boro or Bust' and that's the way we feel," Crowe said. "If we don't make it, we didn't have a good enough season. That's all we're pushing for. We don't want to be anywhere else but Murfreesboro, and we're going to do everything in our power to get there."

His freshman season Crowe compiled a 7-1 record with a 1.15 earned run average. He also carried a .476 batting average and totaled 49 RBIs.

After having to sit out his sophomore season following an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered playing basketball, Crowe developed an appreciation of baseball.

"I'm not going to play (basketball) anymore," he said. "I made a bad decision by playing. I understand what the consequences were. Now I respect everything that my coach does for me and tries to keep me safe and healthy for the baseball season."

His left knee was surgically repaired last year and doctors went in and "cleaned it out" late this winter.

Several schools are quite confident he is back to full strength and the knee will hold.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder already has scholarship offers from Alabama, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, Furman and Kentucky.

Absent from the list is the Southeastern Conference school roughly 32 miles to the northwest — Tennessee.

"I don't know much about them," said Crowe, whose fastball has been clocked in the low 90s but sits in the 87-89 range. "I like it there. I just don't know if it is the right fit for me and all.

"I haven't heard much from them. They haven't sent me anything or called or anything."

He says he has "no idea" on who may or may not be a favorite and is "seeing all my options" presently. However, he would like to decide on a school sometime in June.

"I want to go to a good school with a good coaching staff. I want to be in a place…well not in the boondocks somewhere. You've got to have good teammates and good friendship on the team. You've got to be able to get along with them," he said.

Crowe visited College of Charleston and Kentucky and has heard comparisons to Roger Clemens with how he hides the baseball with his delivery.

Crowe hasn't decided on a major but has thought about a career in coaching/teaching or in physical therapy. He claims a 3.9 grade point average with an ACT score of 21.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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