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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Tanner Crump

The Sarasota High senior pitcher threw a complete game one-hitter March 6 against Charlotte High.

Sarasota High senior pitcher Tanner Crump.
Sarasota High senior pitcher Tanner Crump.
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Tanner Crump is a senior pitcher on the Sarasota High baseball team. Crump threw a complete game one-hitter March 6 in the Sailors' 2-0 road win against Charlotte High, with zero walks and 10 strikeouts. Crump has a 1.00 season ERA. 

When did you start playing baseball?

I have played since I was 5. I started in T-ball. My brother (Jaxson Crump) started playing first and I followed him. He's playing for the Air Force Academy now. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love that it's such a team game, and as a pitcher, I can make it a game against myself on the mound. I'm a competitive person. I also just love being outdoors. 

What is your best pitch?

Probably my fastball, honestly. I can throw it for strikes and it tails. It sits in the mid-80s. 

What else do you throw?

I also use a changeup and a slider, and I can throw them both for strikes. 

What have you been working to improve?

Mostly just being able to throw more pitches consistently and increasing my stamina. I did a lot of running and stretching and getting more loose so I can go deeper into games. 

What is your favorite memory?

Last year, the team took a trip to Tallahassee for a tournament. We ended up going 2-1 and were up there for four or five days. It was just a great overall trip with the guys. 

What is your favorite food?

I love bread. Just plain bread. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I have been loving "Outer Banks" recently. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would want to fly. I think the views would be great. 

What are your hobbies?

I like to play basketball. I actually played for the school my sophomore year. Other than that, just hanging with my friends and going to the beach, that kind of thing. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Just keep grinding and keep your head down, stay humble. Even when you're up, you still have to work hard. 

Finish this sentence: "Tanner Crump is … "

Energetic. I'm always smiling and having a good time. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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