By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
The 2026 Texas A&M men’s baseball team may have a first basewoman if Crystal O’Krinsky continues to follow her dream.
Crystal was one of about 70 children, 69 boys and her, to attend the Sugar Land Skeeters Baseball Camp last Thursday.
Crystal, 9 years old, plays first base, second base and shortstop for a boys YMCA league.
“I just love the game,” she said. “First base is my favorite position.”
Tom O’Krinsky, Crystal’s father, watched as Skeeters Ricky Hague helped Crystal adjust her batting stance in the batting cage.
“Crystal has advanced from T-ball, to coach pitch and now plays in a machine pitch league,” he said. “She bats cleanup and is adamant about not playing girls softball. She would like to play for Texas A&M when she goes to college.”
Delwyn Young, Skeeters’ infielder, coached the kids on base running. Young wasn’t sure if there were any stars in his group, but then he didn’t show any signs of being a professional baseball player until he was in high school.
“I didn’t play little league baseball and it wasn’t until I made the high school varsity team did I show much ability. Then I went on to set the California high school record for home runs,” he said.
Brock Foster, 9, came from League City to participate in the camp. Stephanie Foster, Brock’s mother, said, “Robbie Weinhardt, a Skeeters’ pitcher, helped coach one of Brock’s select teams this summer, and we heard about the camp from Robbie.”
Brock’s select team is headed to the United States Specialty Sports Association, USSSA, World Series in Alabama next week.
Tyson Gillies, Skeeters’ outfielder, ran a tight outfield drill group. On a hot humid morning, Gillies had his kids doing push-ups after not meeting his expectations on catching fly balls. Newly re-focused, the kids didn’t let a single ball hit the ground.
Aiden Thomas was having trouble with his footwork on fly balls over his head, but Tyson was able to help him out and Aiden’s improvement was noticeable.
Over in the bullpen, Skeeters’ closer Derrick Loop was helping pitchers with their form and release point. Nelson Klein, 13, a tall lefty, said, “He wanted me to drop my glove just a little bit as I threw. It seemed to help.”
Despite the hot and hu