Base Invaders: Amy Crosby; 2024 (Speedy Slapper/Utility)
Updated: Feb 21, 2022
Jacksonville Storm Organization:
Name/Grad Year: Amy Crosby (2024)
Hometown: High Springs, Florida
High School: Santa Fe High School
Travel Team: Jacksonville Storm National - Harris 16U
Coaches: Head Coach German Caravaca; Rico Harris (Manager/Assistant)
Bats/Throw: Bat (Left) & Throw (Right)
Overhand Throw Velocity: 61 mph
Exit Velocity off Tee: 62 mph
Home to First Base/60 ft Time: 2.81 seconds
Twitter Link: @Amy141509
Base Invaders is a reoccurring article series, in which we spotlight the speedy cheetahs that get on base and create chaos on the base paths with speed, steals, and skills. Slappers and speedsters who hustle for that extra base and find joy in bringing home dirty uniforms. Today we have Amy "Wheels" Crosby leading off, a 2024 elite prospect who plays for Jacksonville Storm National - Harris 16U. A speedy slapper with power that will get on base then get you another and can play any position including catcher.
Who are you? I am a daughter and a sister of two of my siblings. I’m 16 years old, love being ahead in school. I’ve been playing softball for about 4 1/2 years. I’m fast and super competitive. I don’t like losing especially against my dad. I’ve always been a daddy‘s girl and he’s always trying to compete against me in everything.
How did you start playing softball? I started playing when my dad took me to a softball practice, with a bunch of girls after school. He didn’t tell me where we were going because he wanted to surprise me and knew I would ask a lot of questions. I was a little nervous at first but I will tell you one thing I loved it after that day, and still to this day I’m still in love with it.
Why do you play softball? I play softball because it’s a sport I love to play no doubt about it. Softball is a sport I can’t stop playing. Everything about it’s just fun, enjoyable, and i learn a lot of things from it, not just in softball but in life too. For example like teamwork, communication, and meeting new people.
You’re an elite prospect for your year group. Please tell us why. I’m a good lead off, that puts the ball in play, and always keeps the defense guessing. I can drag bunt, hit for power, and slap. In the outfield I’m aggressive and don’t ever mind giving up my body for my teammates.
Awards and accolades? I’m in Beta Club, because of my grades, and to help the community. I got a Varsity Letter my freshmen year. That includes the Pin Lamp of Knowledge.
What was your most challenging game time situation and how did you handle it? Playing in the championship game, with two outs, runners on second and third. Last at bat, down one. Hit a line drive in the gap, driving runners home and winning the game.
What do we need to know about your hitting? Offensive stats and accomplishments? I am lead off that is a power hitter, slapper, drag bunter, and all around hitter. Last season I had a batting average of .453, on-base percentage .508, 42 runs, 22 stolen bases, my stolen base percentage was 90.91%.
"Amy is not only an outstanding ball player destined for greatness, she is an amazing young lady. She is a lefty batter who can slap, bunt, and hit for power. My fastest player and leadoff hitter that finds ways to get on base and generate runs. Her offensive stats are all extremely high and her defensive skills are elite. I trust her to play any position and excel."
--- Head Coach German Caravaca
What do you do mentally before approaching the batters box? What I do mentally before approaching the batters box, I tell myself their is no one here better than me. I would do any thing no matter what it is to get on base. And if I’m struggling I’ll make a game out of it, just me and the pitcher. And if I don’t get her that time, I smile and say “Ok, you got me this time but not the next time.”
What is your greatest strength? My greatest strength is my speed. I like to push myself on the bases. Try to make the other teams make mistakes.
Why should coaches recruit you? Coaches should recruit me because I’m a harder worker, my leadership, drive, and focus of the game. I’m a all around player, and do whatever I can offensively and defensively for my teammates.
How would your teammates describe you? My teammates would describe me as energetic, goofy, and compassionate. I also love to dance and getting hyped up with my teammates especially.
What are your softball goals and dreams? My softball goals is to become successful getting into a college I enjoy and love. My softball dream is winning a National Championship game in college.
What are you doing to achieve your dreams? What I’m gonna do to achieve my dreams is to work harder than I have ever done, get stronger, faster, every week. Having no distractions and having my loved ones help me get through challenges.
Who is your greatest influence or role model and why? My dad is my greatest influence, because he played baseball and he has done a lot of great things and I’ve always looked up to him for that. So I just thought, I want to be like him maybe even better. He’s always taught me respect, because respect can bring me along way. He’s always pushed me in softball because I was behind. I can tell you one thing I would not be where I am if he did not push me that hard when I was younger.
“She works hard in the classroom. And she’s very respectful and loving.
She also strives to be what she wants.”
- Joshua Crosby (Father of Amy Crosby)
If you could spend a day with any softball player or coach (past or present) who would it be and why? Jessica Warren because it would give me a chance to know her and ask her questions to make me a better softball player.
Describe your ideal softball team and your views about drama and toxicity. A team with minimal drama because there is no way to stop it and I can minimize it. My dream team would have teammates that are easy to get along with, that play for each other, and have each other’s backs.
Greatest softball memory? My greatest softball memory was when I stole home on a bunt. In the championship game in 12U and won the game. It was an amazing feeling. I could remember that day like it was yesterday, everyone screaming.
Who would you like to recognize and/or thank for your amazing softball success? My mom, dad, grandma, and sister. All these people I listed just now have always been there for me no matter what good and bad. They all work hard and everything they do and have taught me many things. I know for sure I would not be where I am, if I did not have them. Especially my mom, she passed away about 9 months ago and she has always been my #1 cheerleader and loved watching me play this sport as much as I love playing myself. Including my dad, he will always put himself last and do whatever he can to make me and anyone in my family happy and I love him for that.
Additional Info About Amy:
Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Singer/Band: Morgan Wallen
Walk up Song: Welcome To Jungle
Favorite Book: The Fault In Our Stars
Favorite TV Show: The Homestead Rescue
Favorite Sports Team: Florida State University Softball
Favorite Pro Athlete: Jimmy Garoppolo
Interesting Fact About You: An interesting fact about myself is that I love running long distance because it gives me a chance to clear my mind.