Drake Parker is about to log some serious miles as part of his summer travel plans.
The Union City High School baseball player recently completed an impressive effort with the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association West Tennessee team and was selected to join Team Tennessee for a tournament in Atlanta.
Parker was among nearly 100 players from the western region to try out for the Region 7-8 team at USA Stadium in Millington.
There, he ran his best 60-yard time at 6.43 seconds and followed up with a time of 6.49 seconds. He also impressed the coaching staff with his play at the plate and in the field.
The West squad, coached by Steve Ledford of Munford, joined three other teams representing Regions 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6 at Murfreesboro this past Friday and Saturday, posting a 3-0 record at the state tournament, which drew about 50 college and professional scouts.
Parker helped lead the West squad by going 4-for-5 at the plate and stealing five bases. He scored three runs and drove in three more in nine innings of action.
From that event, Parker was one of 20 players chosen for Team Tennessee for the Border Wars Classic slated for June 26-27 in Atlanta.
Parker and Caleb Powell of Milan were the only rural West Tennessee players, outside the Memphis area, to make the state team.
The Volunteer State squad will do a full showcase workout in front of college and pro scouts before playing Team Georgia and Team Alabama in the tournament.
In addition to his Team Tennessee workload, Parker’s summer itinerary also includes playing for the Tennessee Thunder summer team, based out of Jackson. He is joined on the Thunder squad by Golden Tornadoes’ teammates Clay Treece and Drew Cooley, as well as Blake Parham of Westview and Reed Matheny from University School of Jackson.
Matheny is the son of Rick Matheny, a 1982 graduate of Obion County Central.
Andrew Massie of Dyer County was also a member of the Thunder but left the squad this past weekend to sign with the New York Mets, who drafted him in the 24th round of the recent Major League Baseball draft.
Massie, a member of the Thunder the past two seasons, reported to Kingsport earlier this week.
This fall, Parker will play his second season for the KC Royals scout team.
Last year, the Royals played showcase events at Vanderbilt, Tennessee and MTSU and also played against several junior colleges, including Walters State, Columbia State, Motlow State and Vol State.
Published in The Messenger 6.21.12