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Crayton flashes athleticism on the diamond

Patrick Crayton flashes athleticism on the diamond

By: Brenna Barkley

For North Texas Longhorns 2025’s Patrick Crayton, the shortstop shows athleticism in multiple ways. 

Up to the plate in the first inning of the Five Tool Show 15U/16U Championships on Thursday, it took one swing of the bat for Crayton to put his team on top early. A home run led off the game and Crayton’s big day at the plate didn’t end there. He was also able to rack up a triple putting himself in scoring position. 

It felt very good to be able to come through for my team and start us off on a good start for the day. I’m seeing the ball very well as of lately and see the types of pitching and reading it out of the pitcher’s hands,” Crayton told Five Tool after his game.

The uncommitted ‘25 is a multi-sport athlete that has hopes of getting recruited in either football or baseball. His father, Patrick Crayton, played six seasons for the hometown Dallas Cowboys.

“I like it because I think it shows off my athletic ability to the recruiters and the coaches that I’m an athlete and can do both,” Crayton said. 

The middle infielder is always trying to find ways to improve his game defensively and offensively as he moves into his sophomore year in high school where he will start the recruiting process. 

With the baseball summer season in full swing, Crayton has found a great bond with his teammates and that is something that he thought made the team be very successful. 

“We support each other and believe and have been able to have success together. I love the team I am on right now, it has a great atmosphere and really good coaches as well,” Crayton said. 

Crayton and the rest of his summer team will continue the weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area as they finish up the Five Tool Show tournament before continuing the rest of their season.