A Pair of OCU Stars Join the Turks

Written by Shelton Moss
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Baseball is a close knit family. Friendships are made and have a way of crossing paths again at baseball fields. Oklahoma City Assistant Coach Keith Lytle came to Harrisonburg in 1988 to coach the Turks for General Manager Jim Lineweaver. Lytle enjoyed Veterans Memorial Park, the friendly city, and the fishing streams. He returned again in 1989. Jim Lineweaver fell ill and passed away in early 1990 and the Board of Directors contacted Bob Wease to purchase the team. Wease brought Lytle back to take the reins for the Turks in 1990 and 1991 when they won the VBL Championship. Wease and Lytle developed a cherished friendship they have maintained over the years and they developed a strong pipeline for sending players from Oklahoma to Harrisonburg. Lytle entrusted his own son, Joe, to play for Coach Wease for several years. This year isn’t any different. Lytle is sending two OCU Stars across the country to experience play at Veterans Memorial Park; Frederic Walter and Peyton Crispin.

Walter excelled in his first season with Oklahoma City in 2020, starting all 21 games played and hitting .338 with two home runs and 15 RBI and a .538 slugging percentage. The 6’4 210 pound infielder was born all the way over in Montigny, France, a suburb of Paris, and attended high school at LycĂ©e Bellevue in Toulouse. Walter transferred to Oklahoma City after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Seminole State College.

 

 

Another Oklahoma City product, Crispin hit .320 for the Stars in the shortened 2020 season, collecting 24 hits and 23 RBI in nearly as many games played. As a junior in 2019, the Lookeba, Oklahoma native hit .401 with 39 RBI in 54 games. The 6′- 190 pound outfielder spent his freshman season at Connors State Community College. A two-time Honorable Mention All-State selection in high school, Crispin helped lead Lookeba-Sickles to a Class B state championship. Over the past three summers, he played up north for the Fort McMurray Giants in the Western Canadian Baseball League.

We are looking forward to a great summer of baseball with these two OCU Stars!