Local product signs with Ole Miss

Kevin Parker (LHP, Lafayette County, MS) - The Commodores had long been waiting for that elusive baseball State title. The tension was building, as their bitter cross town rival, Oxford, was sporting their championship ring from the year before. The players for the Commodores were sick of hearing it from "that other school".

The time was now.

The 6' 3", 225 grinder was sent to the mound against traditionally rich, Petal, to seal the deal and bring home the hardware. He did not disappoint, as he simply shut down Petal and threw a 6 - 0 shut out.

This came as no surprise, as Kevin won the decisive game against West Lauderdale to put Lafayette County into the Championship series. In fact, Parker threw a state best, three no hitters, this season. He simply was dominate all year as he went 11-2 with 139 K's, 27 walks, and 1.85 ERA for the season..

“Kevin had the ability to throw any pitch — fastball, curveball, slider or changeup — at any time in the count,” Lafayette coach Richy Harrelson says. “We had the faith in him to let him call his own pitches. He also hits the hardest line drives of anybody I’ve ever seen. It’s nothing for him to hit a one-hopper over the (outfield) fence."

What is Kevin's best pitch?

"Probably my curveball," added Kevin Parker. "I am not a power pitcher. I throw it in the upper 80's, but I like to work my location and change speeds. If there is anything I need to work on, it is my velocity and spotting the ball better."

The State Championship was almost the last piece of the puzzle for this 1st Team All-State pitcher (Clarion Ledger).

Parker had won that elusive title but was still waiting on that scholarship offer from his dream college, the University of Mississippi.

"I had always wanted to play for Ole Miss. Growing up in Oxford and going to all of those games, just thinking about being on that mound representing Ole Miss, and really, my home town. I was really hoping they would offer. I kept telling them to believe in me."

Kevin was selected to the 5A/4A All-Star game and was named the North MVP after pitching 3 innings with 6 K's and giving up zero runs against the State's best. Then the big news came.

"Coach Bianco and McDonnell called me and told me that they had some scholarship money free up, and they wanted me to be a part of their program. It was a dream come true."

Who says there are not fairy tale endings?

To view the complete list of signees for the Ole Miss baseball program, click here.

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