POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - Friday was a day filled with many high school baseball players signing to play at the collegiate level, including two eager seniors at Central.
Jarod Sprinkle opted to play baseball next fall right in his back yard at Angelina College.
The right-handed pitcher has topped out at 90 mph as a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs. Last year he was a first-team all-district selection and Sprinkle noted there are some advantages that make staying local worth it.
"It's something I'm looking forward to because I like competing. It's just another way to get better. I've dreamed of it since I was three-years-old and thought of the experience of playing college baseball," said Sprinkle. "They gave me a scholarship I just couldn't pass up. They got a great pitching coach, they got a great program, great facilities and I get to stay at my own house instead of being in some dorm room with some random person I've never met in my life."
Chandler Parker also signed and will take his talent to East Texas Baptist University. Parker said right when he stepped on campus, he knew it would be his second home.
As a two-year letter winner, the left fielder was an all-district selection last year who wasn't ready to hang up the glove just yet.
"I'm excited I get to do this with my best friend who's been there with me since day one. There's pictures of us on the board as babies. The fact I get to do it with him in front of my friends and family means a lot to me. I already cried twice and probably will again," said Parker.
While the day marks a sentimental chapter in his life, Parker is ready to wipe the tears and hit the ground running for college baseball.
"I'm looking forward to being out there, being on a college baseball team and being on the field. I'm not riding the bench. I will work and I will start," said Parker. "I'm going to do everything I can. I'll bring them good leadership, good attitude, and if they need a left fielder- I'm what they got. I can be that guy. I'm excited."