Love for academics, baseball fuels Josh Crapps

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Nov 27, 2012

Whether he’s working on his mechanics on the bump or in the box, Josh Crapps of Anchorage puts in plenty of sweat and sacrifice to get better.

´╗┐It’s no different when it comes to studying for a big test in school.

He cares about his GPA just as much as his ERA.

Crapps, an 18-year-old pitcher of Post 4 fame, graduated from South High School in 2012 with a sparkling 4.23 grade point average.

As a result of his academic prowess he won a national American Legion Baseball scholarship worth $2,500, money that went towards his tuition this fall at the University of Dallas.

Crapps was one of only six national winners.


“They pushed me and it was definitely a good thing,” Crapps said. “I’m getting school pretty well paid for now because of my grades and I’m playing baseball, so it worked out on both fronts.”

Crapps is now at the University of Dallas, a NCAA Division III school in Irving, Texas. 

It’s been quite the transition. 

“It’s exciting … scary, but it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “Hard work, a lot of hard work, actually. The workouts are tough and the practices are long, but it’s paid off.”

Crapps pitched in two of three fall-ball games and said he did fairly well.

“We won all three games,” he said.

The season starts in the spring.

Crapps is part of the South Post 4 player pipeline to the University of Dallas, joining fellow Alaskans Trevor Allred, Chris Schierhorn and Logan Allred on the 2013 roster.

“It’s good to know guys on the team,” Crapps said. “But it’s also good to meet new faces.”