Cade Parker is a student in College OPTIONS’ ETS program at Yreka High School. Cade has been in ETS since 7th grade at Jackson Street School.
YREKA >> Yreka High School senior baseball standout Cade Parker officially signed his letter of intent to play for the Sacramento State Hornets on Wednesday.
Last November, Parker, who plays shortstop and in the outfield, made a verbal commitment to sign with the Hornets.
Parker said he was elated to finally make things official and said it was it was hard at times waiting a year to officially sign with the Hornets.
â€œItâ€™s exciting that today is finally here,â€ˆâ€œParker said. â€œAll my hard work and dedication has paid off.â€œ
He said that Sacramento State can expect a player passionate about the sport that will do everything he can to help his new team be successful.
â€œI just want to contribute as much as I can,â€œ Parker said.
The Hornets won the Western Athletic Conference title last season and made it all the way to the Div. I NCAA Regionals.
Cade was joined at the signing ceremony by his head coach, Jasonâ€ˆFreitas, and members of his family, including his parents, Bob and Jennyâ€ˆParker.
â€œWe are very happy for Cade to be able to pursue his dream of playing college baseball at a Dâ€“1 level, and to receive a college education as well,â€œ Jenny Parker said. â€œHeâ€™s very excited about attending Sacramento State and our family is looking forward to watching him play for the Hornets.â€œ
Freitas said Parker is the first player in his 10 years coaching the team that has signed out of high school with a Division 1 school.
â€œItâ€™s a huge accomplishment,â€œ he said. â€œItâ€™s an example of all his hard work and dedication paying off.â€œ
Freitas said Parker is a consummate team player and has been a great player to coach.
â€œI wish I had 15 of him,â€œ Freitas said. â€œHe has done everything we have asked of him and then some.â€œ
Parker said he is excited for baseball this spring and to work with his teammates to make his final year as a Miner a memorable one.
Last season, Parker was a key component in Yreka going undefeated in Northern Athletic League play as a junior. He hit .400 with 15 runs, 18 hits, 14 RBIâ€™s, and four stolen bases in NAL play.
Last summer, Parker, along with fellow Yreka players Curt Bennett, Matt Jespersen and Tevin Cadola played for the Crater Lake Cardnials Senior Babe Ruth Squad. The team made it to the title game of the Babe Ruth World Series, with Parker a starter on the squad.
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By Bill Choy, Published in the Siskiyou Daily News on 11/13/14
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