Houma Christian's Crowdus inks to play softball at Memphis
Fri. November 16, 2012 at 2:09 p.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
Houma Christian senior softball standout Lindsay Crowdus (center) holds up a University of Memphis hoodie while her father George Crowdus (left) and her mother and softball coach Christi Crowdus (right) looks on during Wednesday’s signing at Houma Christian. (Photo by Chris Singleton/Staff)
Houma Christian senior softball standout Lindsay Crowdus has been in dugouts for most of her life.
Her mother — Christi Crowdus — is the head softball coach at Houma Christian and was a former pitcher at Nicholls State. Her brother — Joshua Crowdus — was a baseball star for the Warriors and now plays at Delta State. Her older sister — Lauren Crowdus — was a former all-state pitcher for the Lady Warriors.
So it was no surprise that Lindsay, the third and youngest child of George and Christi Crowdus, would turn out into a passionate softball player as well.
“She has been in dugouts since she was a baby,” Christi Crowdus said. “God has given her natural ability, and she continues to work and improve each year. It’s a special privilege to coach her in high school and watch her grow.”
Lindsay’s talents on the softball field has earned her a scholarship to play at the University of Memphis, which she signed during a ceremony held in Houma Christian’s school church on the first-day of the NCAA’s early signing period Wednesday.
Lindsay, the reigning District 10-1A MVP, has played pitcher and other spots for the Lady Warriors. She hit .582 with a .636 on-base percentage with 21 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in the lead-off spot as a junior, earning first-team recognition on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State team and The Courier/Daily Comet’s All-Region team.
Lindsay also celebrated her 18th birthday on Wednesday, which she said made the signing even more special.
“It’s so exciting,” Lindsay said. “I never really thought that this could happen to me. I always thought I was going to go to college like a normal kid and not play. It’s definitely an honor.”
Lindsay said coming from an athletic family and a strong Christian background is the reason she will play college softball.
“I never really thought that my talent would carry over to the college level, but I am definitely blessed,” Lindsay said. “My family has helped me a lot to get to the point where I am today.”
Lindsay, who also received interest from Central Florida and Nicholls State, originally committed to Louisiana-Lafayette, but she changed her mind after going on a recruiting trip to Memphis. Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette were the only schools to offer her a scholarship, but in the end, she chose to join the Lady Tigers and their second-year coach Natalie Poole.
“I really liked the coach, who is a Christian,” said Lindsay, who will play as an outfielder for Memphis. “Whenever I went to visit over there, the girls made me feel comfortable. They made me feel like I was supposed to be there.”
Christi said she is thankful that Lindsay will have an opportunity to play on the next level after high school, adding that Lindsay is the first softball player and overall athlete from Houma Christian to get a Division I athletic scholarship.
“It would have been nicer to have her closer to home so we can see her play, but I do feel like Memphis is a great fit for her,” Christi said. “I’m excited because the coach is a Christian now. I know that she will continue to instill those values with Lindsay through her coaching.”
In a news release on the University of Memphis athletic website, Poole, who led the Lady Tigers to a 20-37 record last season, said she was excited to sign Lindsay.
“She’s one we pursued for a long time,” Poole said. “She’s a great addition to our program. She’s the only outfielder we are committing for this class. Lindsay has great speed and plays the outfield with a lot of maturity.”
Lindsay, who gained attention from college coaches on the recruiting circuit while playing travel softball for the Southern Pride (2007-10) and Louisiana Voodoo (2011-12), said she is ready to take advantage of the opportunity to play college ball. She wants to major in child and family studies.
“(Poole) is building the program, so I think she’s going to do a lot of amazing stuff over there.” Crowdus said. “This is just going to make me even more confident in my abilities, and I think I’m going to be able to help them out.”
But first, Lindsay said she wants to end her senior year at Houma Christian with a trip back to the Fastpitch 56 state softball tournament in Sulphur. She was a member of three Lady Warriors teams (2008, 2009 as state runner-up and 2011) that advanced to the state tournament.
Houma Christian went 19-7 last year, but lost to LaSalle in the Class 1A bi-district round.
“We’re going to try to get to Sulphur,” Lindsay said. “Our girls right now are ready to win state, so we’re working on that. I hope we can do it.”
ELLENDER'S TROSCLAIR COMMITS TO MEMPHIS
Lindsay Crowdus is not the only local softball product who wants to play for the University of Memphis.
Ellender junior softball player Kyler Trosclair verbally committed to play at Memphis in October.
Trosclair led Ellender to its first playoff appearance in more than a decade last season and played mostly shortstop for the Lady Patriots. She hit .527 with 35 runs scored and drew 16 walks with an on-base percentage of .615 and stole 34 bases in 36 attempts. She also had a fielding percentage of .868.
Trosclair, who is the daughter of Ellender coach Janie Trosclair, was a first-team selection on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State team, the District 8-4A team and The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region softball team last season.