Daily Reporter staff reports

Mt. Vernon’s Kennedy Parker delivered the perfect pitch this winter, signing his letter of intent to play baseball at Anderson University.

Parker has been a pitcher for the Marauders throughout his high school career. Last spring, he finished with a 3-2 record through 38.0 innings pitched. He surrendered 15 earned runs for a 2.76 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

“My most memorable moment from my high school career was getting the opportunity to play for three different coaches, including my soon-to-be college coach (Dustin Glant),” Parker said.

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“Having to adjust to different playing styles has made me a more rounded player.”

According to Parker, coach Glant has played an instrumental role in his development as a baseball player. “He’s taken me under his wing and been my mentor ever since I starting doing personal workout with him every winter. I look forward to continuing my progression with Coach Glant in the future.”

Kennedy chose Anderson University because of the size and its proximity to Hancock County. Having coaches that he has worked with in the past was also a factor, as he knows the quality of instruction he is going to receive.

As for goals, Parked noted, “I hope to continue improving and gaining velocity while contributing to the continued success of the Ravens’ baseball program.”

Anderson University is an NCAA Division III university. The Ravens compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and finished the 2015 season an impressive 32-13 (19-8 HCAC).

Manchester united

Kristin Connors is heading to Manchester University this fall, where she will play softball for the Spartans while majoring in elementary education.“My most memorable moment from my high school career was hitting my first home run during a sectional game,” Connors said in a news release.According to Connors, her family has had the largest impact on her success in softball.

“My family has always supported me and motivated me to constantly seek improvement,” Connors said.

Last spring, Conners hit .300 with 17 RBIs, three doubles and a pair of home runs.

Kristin chose Manchester University because the school size (1,500 students) was something she was comfortable with and it offered a strong program in her major.

As for goals, Connors noted, “I’m looking forward to traveling with the team, especially a spring trip to Florida. My goal is to get on the field and make an impact on the success of the Spartans’ softball program.”

Manchester is an NCAA Division III university in Manchester. The Spartans compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, which includes schools from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.