Part of the long and storied legacy of Reno County players contributing to the Hutchinson Community College baseball program, Quintin Crandall is now a member of the Blue Dragon coaching staff.
An all-state multi-sport athlete from Nickerson, Crandall starts his coaching career for his head coach, Ryan Schmidt.
Crandall played three seasons at Hutchinson at shortstop. He was a .312 career hitter with 105 total hits in 97 games played. He had 24 doubles, 20 triples and 10 home runs in his Blue Dragon career. Those 10 triples were the program record until the 2019 season. Crandall also had 64 career RBIs, 81 career runs scored and 29 career stolen bases at Hutchinson.
Crandall played 48 games in freshman season of 2013, where he hit .304 with 45 hits, eight doubles and 29 RBIs with a .415 on-base percentage.
Crandall’s would-be sophomore season was cut short after three games because of a season-ending injury. He was granted another year and became an All-Jayhawk West honorable mention player in 2015. Crandall hit .331 with 58 hits in 46 games with 15 doubles, a program single-game record nine triples and six home runs for a .623 slugging percentage. He had 34 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 2015. On March 11 of that season, Crandall hit for the cycle, going 5 for 6 with a program single-game record-tying seven RBIs and four runs scored.
Crandall moved onto Kansas State University to play for former Blue Dragon head coach Brad Hill. In 106 games played in 2016 and 2017, Crandall put up Wildcat totals of a .276 batting average on 94 hits with 19 doubles, five triples and 10 homers with 54 RBIs and 60 runs scored. He also walked 42 times and stole 13 bases.
Named a team captain in 2017, Crandall belted eight home runs and hit .275 with 57 hits. He had a season-high three hits vs. Iowa on March 19 and hit a home run at Kauffman Stadium against Arkansas.
Crandall was a four-year letterwinner in baseball at Nickerson High School for head coach Rich Krol. He was a 2012 Class 4A First Team selection as a pitcher and an all-Central Kansas League First Team as a pitcher and shortstop in his senior season. He also lettered in basketball (4 years) and football (3 years).