Krysl signs with Crown College baseball

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Spencer Krysl (seated, center) signed his national letter of intent to play baseball with Crown College Wednesday afternoon at the McCook Senior High gymnasium. Sitting, left to right, are Sandy Krysl, Spencer Krysl and Chuck Krysl. Standing, left to right, are McCook senior legion baseball coaches Scott Smalley and Jeff Holthus.
Gabe Gauthier/McCook Gazette

McCOOK, Neb. -- Spencer Krysl loves the unpredictable nature of baseball.

Whether it’s a wild throw that scores an extra runner or a three-run blast over the left field fence, Krysl said the emotions that come with those momentum shifts are his favorite part of the sport.

“The emotion you play with is just crazy,” he said. “You can be up five runs and then down by three. It’s just crazy and changes from day to day.”

One thing Krysl could predict, however, was his love for the game. After years on the diamond, he knew he wanted to continue playing after high school.

Krysl signed his national letter of intent to play baseball with Crown College on Wednesday at McCook Senior High.

Juggling all the demands that come with senior year, Krysl said the finality of Wednesday’s ceremony was a weight off his shoulders.

“It takes a lot of stress off of what I have to do the rest of this year,” he said. “New I can focus on finishing out the year strong.”

Crown College is a private, four-year Christian college located in St. Bonifacius, Minn., or about 30 miles west of Minneapolis. According to its official website, Crown has an enrollment of 1,300 students.

Crown’s athletic teams, known as the Storm, compete in NCAA Division 3 and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The conference includes teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Krysl said he was initially contacted by the Storm’s head coach via text. The McCook senior visited campus in December, which is when he really developed a big interest in the school.

“It was a great time. I met a bunch of players, met the coaches and I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t be more proud signing with them today.”

Krysl’s favorite part of the visit was the worry-free atmosphere on campus.

“Book bags were left unattended in hallways, which made it feel like being back home. It didn’t feel like you had to worry about much.”

Krysl plans to major in psychology with hopes of returning to McCook to become a counselor.

According to Krysl, his college coaches plan to use him at second base and shortstop in the infield and center field in the outfield.

McCook National Bank senior American Legion coach Jeff Holthus said Krysl has been a key asset for the legion program.

“He’s always been a contributor in all those teams, whether it’s on offense or defense.”

According to Holthus, Krysl’s “quick hands” have been one of his stand-out traits in baseball.

“His quick hands set him apart from everybody else. He can react to higher velocity pitches, but also stay back for the off-speed stuff too.”

Holthus also noted that Krysl’s leadership and work ethic will help set him up for a successful college career.

“He really plays with a passion for the game and that’s a characteristic that rubs off on others.”

Conversely, Krysl said his coaches have had a huge impact on his development.

“I couldn’t be more happy and blessed with the coaches we have here. They’ve helped us develop into the players we are.

With his college decision taken care of, Krysl said he can now focus this summer on helping the MNB seniors have another successful campaign.

“I plan to hit the cages hard and get better everyday. We have a lot to prove again this year.”

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