Triton senior Parker Crews signed to play baseball at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City on Thursday.
The Mustangs are starting a baseball program this season. Jason Goetz is the coach. Crews anticipates a utility role on the next level similar to the one he has played with the Hawks.
“Parker has the drive to get better,” said Triton coach Joey Miriello. ” … I think he would play baseball all day if he could. He works on his own and has put himself in front of college coaches through camps and showcases to give himself this opportunity.”
Crews hit .290 for the Hawks in 2018 with eight RBIs. He had a 2.03 earned run average in four appearances on the mound.
“The campus was beautiful and it was a chance to play at the next level,” Crews said of factors that influenced his decision.
Playing at the next level has been a goal for Crews ever since he began playing baseball when he was 5 years old.
Crews sees Mid-Atlantic as a means to develop spiritually as well.
“I’ve been trying to go to church more,” he said. “This will help me be a better Christian. I hope to get a better relationship with God.”
Miriello said the Hawks have some injuries to overcome as the season approaches. That makes a player like Crews, who can pitch, play infield or outfield or contribute as a designated hitter, even more valuable.