Crucitti leader on diamond

Jon Crucitti’s baseball numbers are impressive.

Crucitti leads Army with a .344 average. The junior outfielder, who doubles as a running back on the football team, has reached base 52 percent of the time this season.

But, Crucitti’s contributions to Army’s team are measured deeper than his statistics.

Crucitti, who missed most of the past two baseball seasons due to injury, has assumed the leadership role on a team, which has just three seniors.

“Jon falls into that mold with J.T. Watkins (one of Army’s captains last year) in terms of his leadership,” Army coach Joe Sottolano said. “He’s a special individual. There is no question about that. What you see in terms of numbers is what you partially get. His biggest attribute even more than his baseball skills are his leadership skills.”

Crucitti’s on-the-field leadership starts with hitting at the top of Army’s lineup.

“We lost a real good leadoff hitter, probably the best I’ve ever coached in Zach Price and Jon had done a phenomenal job in taking over that position,” Sottolano said.

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