Kosciusko's Parker signs with Co-Lin

By ELTON HAYES,

The Kosciusko baseball program sent another player to the college ranks last Wednesday when Micah Parker signed to play baseball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Parker was a key member of the Whippets' baseball team that went 21-8-1 this season and reached the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A postseason. Kosciusko this year also won a share of the Region 4-4A crown.

Family, coaches and friends joined the Kosciusko senior for the signing ceremony.

"It was a good time," Parker said. "It was just good to have all of them there to support me."

Copiah-Lincoln went 21-20 this season and as a team compiled a .283 batting average. Parker pitched and played in the outfield during his years as Kosciusko, and is poised to see playing time early in college.

"I really like the coaches and the environment up there," Parker said. "The coaches were easy to relate to, and they were really nice. I could tell they could get me a lot better."

Parker posted dominant stat totals in his final year in a Kosciusko uniform.

He finished with a team-high .425 batting average to go with 25 runs and 19 RBIs. He finished second on the team with 14 stolen bases. From the mound, Parker ended the season with a 2.75 earned-run average and a 5-0 record as a starter. He appeared in 13 games and was credited with two saves.

"I thought we could have gone further than we did — we were on a tough side of the bracket," he said. "But I thought I had a pretty good year. I thought I hit the ball pretty well, and I think I pitched pretty well, too."

After spending four years as a member of Kosciusko's baseball team, Parker said he will most miss not sharing the diamond with the teammates who have become family over the years.

"I'll miss it a lot," Parker said. "I've been with those same group of guys for the past six years, so it'll be tough getting over all of that and all the memories I made."