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SOFTBALL: Parker fitting in perfect in Lady Mustangs' system

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By Elliott Pratt

 When Erin Parker transferred back to North Oldham from Ballard, she anticipated easing into a program with a slow transition. What has happened instead is a transformation into one of the Lady Mustangs most dominant forces.

Parker is a big reason North Oldham softball (11-8) has won six of its last nine, including a perfect outing at the plate against South Oldham last Thursday night, going 4-for-4 at bat with four runs and three RBIs. She was solid the day before against Trimble County in three at bats with two hits, an RBI and three runs.

As of Monday, Parker’s .446 batting average ranks second on the team behind senior Sam Maiocco’s .455 average.

Ask coach Erick Anderson, and it’s clear Parker has been perfect for the Lady Mustangs.

“She’s just a stud,” Anderson said. “She’s a really quality ball player. She has definitely added so much more to this game than people realize.”

After attending North Oldham Middle School and playing softball during that time, Parker transferred to Ballard. However, family circumstances brought her back home to the Lady Mustangs. Parker’s spark all started when she went 4-for-4 at home against her former school in a 4-0 win over Ballard.

“Both programs are great programs and both coaches are great coaches,” Parker said when comparing the two schools. “I thought it was going to be rough, but it’s been really great. Everyone has been really supportive. The girls have been great and we have so much fun together.”

Joining a team as a junior with three seniors that have already established leadership can be a difficult transition for quality athletes according to Anderson. The coach said Parker has eased in “without stepping on any toes” and found many areas to lead outside of being a quality batter and second baseman.

“What she does in the dugout, the coaches sit back and admire,” Anderson said. “We watched her (last Wednesday vs. Trimble County) come off the field, pull two young players aside and explain a play to them. We didn’t ask her to or tell her to. It’s just her knowledge of the game and next year is going to be a phenomenal year for her and everyone playing around her is going to get better.”

After the Lady Mustangs’ 15-0 win over South Oldham, Parker was assisting the junior varsity squad in batting practice, a leadership quality she learned from players she looked up to when she was in that same position a few years ago.

“A lot of girls did it for me when I was younger,” Parker said. “I’m passing it on. I think it’s my job as an older person on the team to do that. I think it’s important that everybody takes up that role.”