Ky. high school baseball community mourns tragic death of coach

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IRVINE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky’s high school baseball community was mourning a young high school baseball coach who died Sunday in a freak accident.


Blake Crowe coached baseball and taught math in Estill County.  The exact cause of death is still under investigation, but it appears Crowe was electrocuted at about 9:30 p.m. when a flag pole at his home fell into an electrical line, according to the Estill County cornoner, who said wet ground also played a role.


Crowe, 29, was taken to Marcum and Wallace Hospital in Irvine where he was pronounced dead.


Scores of baseball teams throughout Kentucky sent condolences to Estill County through social media outlets.


Neighboring Powell County High School’s team posted a statement on Twitter.


“The Powell County Baseball program remembers the life and family of coach Blake Crowe,” the team said in the post. “You will always have a seat in the first base dugout buddy. We will miss you.”


Estill County Engineers baseball team also posted a statement on its Facebook page Monday.


“Our community has lost a great young man. A loving son and brother, dedicated husband, father, friend and an aspiring baseball coach. Blake Crowe … a devoted family man and loved his community and his Engineers. He had energy, enthusiasm and a love for baseball and the kids,” the post said. “He reminded his team to be humble, love one another, be family and live for today, tomorrow is not promised.  Please pray for his wife and two young boys, his family, his Engineer baseball team, his students, co-workers and friends.”


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association sent condolences as well.


“There are no words to describe our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Estill County head baseball coach Blake Crowe,” KHSAA said. “Our thoughts are with the Estill County community, Coach Crowe’s colleagues, and the student-athletes who had the privilege to play for him.”


Zack Klemme, sports editor of The Daily Independent in Ashland, tweeted this statement: “Estill County had two games Saturday against Rowan County and Montgomery County. His son had a T-ball game that morning so he asked to push the Engineers’ games back so he could go. The request was granted. Those were the last games he ever coached.”



It was Crowe's second  year as head coach although his first season was eliminated by COVID last spring.


Warren F. Toler Funeral Home in Irvine was handling Crowe’s funeral arrangements.

The family has started a GoFundMe page.

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