Today, we start our latest edition of the Extra Elite 100 series as we’ll look at the Class of 2025 for the first time and one of the strong candidates to make the list is Scrap Yard Dawgs 14U Hays pitcher Keira Crosby, known as being "Ice Cold" on the softball field.
"Keira is not only a dual-threat (pitcher/hitter)," Scrap Yard Dawks coach Eric Hays said, "but she is a gifted natural athlete, a merciless competitor, and team player with an undeniable work ethic, who is known for her 'Ice Cold' mentality on the mound. She performs well under the pressure of key moments on the mound. Keira has consistently led her mostly older 2024 team in the circle and at the plate.”
“When we played 2025 heavy teams (Impact Gold National 07-Smith, Texas Bombers Gold-Cruz), Keira dominated the competition on the mound and at the plate. Her spin and ability to locate a pitch set her apart, while her speed is admirable for a 7th grader, clocking generally in the upper 50s with top speeds of 61-62 mph."
Crosby, a 7th-grader who is considered one of the top pitchers in the Class of 2025, excelled against top level competition at USA Elite Select WFC and PGF Nationals last summer and when the Scrap Yard Dawgs moved up to 14U in the fall. She was a USA Elite Select 30 Camp invitee and she was selected a USSSA All-American.
"Keira is one of the best pitchers because she is consistent and very hard-working," said Dawgs 2024 C/3B Julissa "Juju" Hernandez. "Keira will do anything to get her team to a win and works very hard to be the best that she can be. Even when she is struggling on the mound, she isn’t selfish. She still pushes through. I am very lucky to be Keira's catcher and teammate."
Crosby is all about the team.
"Keira is very supportive teammate and I admire her work ethic," Scrap Yard 2024 OF Allie Williams said. "I know I can always count on her to do her job in the circle. She is the type of person who always thinks 'team first.'"
When Crosby is off the field, the aspiring pediatrician is very involved in her community with her local church, helping underprivileged children.
"First of all, she is an asset to the team with her pitching and hitting skills," Dawgs 2024 P/1B Emma Hargrave said. "We can always count on her to get us out of a bind whether we need a hit or a strikeout. Not only that, but she is a great friend and devoted Christian who never leaves anyone out. She is always first to invite us to any church function. She's fun to be around, and I always look forward to spending time with her and her family. I look toward to being her teammate for many years to come."
*** Go inside "Extra Star Power" to learn more about one of the top 2025 prospects in the nation.