Marion native swings for the fences

Aug 17, 2021

MARION — Hitting it out of the Parks in the Babe Ruth Summer League.

Marion native and Tabor Alumnus Sam Parks is headed to Bryant University this fall to play Division I baseball, but first he had to make a trip down to Mobile.

Parks played summer league baseball in the Babe Ruth League this year and was the only player from “over the bridge” to play on Team Cape Cod, the region’s all-star team.

Parks and the Team Cape Cod went 16-3 this summer, before beating the Paul N. Johnson League All-Stars at the New England Regional Tournament in Worcester on July 19.

That victory sent them to the Babe Ruth League World Series in Mobile, Alabama where they competed against other 16-18 year-old all-stars from around the country.

“It was great,” said Parks. “We had a great time down in Mobile.”

Parks said that the players were placed with host families rather than in a hotel while they were there, which he said was a fun experience.

“They showed us around Mobile and took us to see Alligators and stuff,” he said.

The Cape Cod team played well in the qualifying stage of the tournament, finishing second in its division with a 3-1 record.

Unfortunately, the team lost in the first round of the knock-out tournament, falling 5-3 to Charleston, Missouri.

Still, Parks said the summer season was a success.

“We had a great summer with a great group of guys and coaching staff,” he said. “It was just a really good experience, very eye opening.”

Parks is now looking forward to his next challenge, making the step to Division I college baseball.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m moving in in a couple weeks.”