It’s hard for coaches to just take see of your talent when you are not on the subject. That was the circumstance for significant university athletes in the spring of 2020 — their seasons ended up canceled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
For St. Mary’s Parker MacCauley, that skipped calendar year came just after he was pressured to sit out a lot of the prior period because of to personal injury. But he did not let any of that cease him from accomplishing his desire of playing collegiate baseball at the Division-I amount, as he just lately signed to participate in at Tennessee Tech University.
“The past pair decades, with COVID-19 and every little thing, have been hard. It is been seriously tough to come across destinations to perform. And I was hurt with an harm in my sophomore yr, and I skipped about 75% of that calendar year much too. That was difficult, for certain,” MacCauley explained. “So to have this prospect is very distinctive to me. I have been waiting around for a whilst. I truly feel like I’ve worked very tricky, so I’m thrilled to be in a position to do this.”
MacCauley spoke with The Sunshine soon after signing his letter of intent throughout a ceremony on the Vikings’ house area prior to their recreation against Mayfield on Could 25. He explained his participation in summer season ball performed a major section in having him the exposure he necessary to play in higher education and was thankful for the prospect to play at the NCAA Division-I degree.
“It was unquestionably hard for coaches to see everyone, so I really lucked out, and I’m quite delighted to be where I am,” he stated. “It’s just usually been a purpose of mine, so it’s pretty special to me to obtain that target, and I’m really enthusiastic.”
St. Mary head baseball mentor Chris Haas claimed the signing intended a whole lot to him soon after owning coached MacCauley because his T-ball days.
“You could see purely natural talent and capability in Parker, and I’m happy of how challenging he’s labored to get to where by he is today, and I’m looking ahead to looking at what he can do at the following amount,” Haas reported.
In signing to perform at TTU, the 6-foot-3 MacCauley joins his brother, John, as a Division-I baseball player. John MacCauley is a 6-foot-2 redshirt junior pitcher at Butler University, and Parker credits him for serving to him obtain his intention.
“My brother is often pushing me, and he reported I could do it (perform D-I),” he said. “He’s taught me to contend and thrust by way of everything when adversity strikes. He’s been a good part design of mine and my No. 1 enthusiast, and he’s generally pushing me every single one working day. I definitely wouldn’t be in this article today with out him.”
Haas has been an additional vital presence in MacCauley’s baseball journey.
“I can not even demonstrate to you what all he has performed for me,” MacCauley reported. “Playing T-ball at any time since I was 4 yrs previous, he’s been my coach my complete lifetime rather substantially. He’s not just a baseball mentor. I can normally go to him with everything. He’s taught me several life lessons along the way. He’s generally educating us not just to be superior baseball gamers but also far better folks in life, which is big.”
Haas stated MacCauley has meant just as much to him and the St. Mary baseball program.
“He’s a superior kid with a very good perspective, and he comes completely ready to engage in just about every working day,” he claimed. “You by no means have any problems or any problems out of Parker. He has a ton of purely natural capability, and he’s prepared for the up coming halt.”
That subsequent halt is Tennessee Tech, which is positioned about 80 miles east of Nashville in Cookeville. MacCauley, who plans to major in enterprise, described TTU as “the best fit” among the the colleges he was thinking of.
“The coaches and I appeared to have a rather very good relationship. They’re great coaches and terrific men,” he reported. “I’ve been to pay a visit to a couple occasions. It’s just a genuinely entertaining atmosphere to be at. I have been to a number of games, and it was really fun seeing them. It was really just a suit point for me, and that’s the place I sense like I belong.”
MacCauley additional that the Cookeville community is “really supportive” of the TTU sporting activities groups.
“There were being a great deal of people today at their online games supporting them, which is really neat to see,” he mentioned. “It’s a great faculty. It is a minimal smaller sized — it’s not massive like a massive college — which I’m variety of utilised to obtaining absent to a tiny school my full existence. I just went and fell in really like with it, and I imagine that’s in which I’m supposed to be.”
Likely into this weekend’s Initially Location Tournament, MacCauley offers a .363 batting typical with six triples, five doubles and 19 RBIs.
He’s also pitched in 11 games, which include nine starts, and has a 4-2 file with a 3.08 Era about 382/3 innings.
He’s recorded 47 strikeouts and 36 walks.
MacCauley plans to continue splitting time as a pitcher and infielder at TTU and mentioned this year has actually helped him get ready for that function.
“I’m likely to be hitting there (at TTU) far too, but pitching is my factor,” he said. “So obtaining a large amount of innings in and receiving more reps this time has been large.”
Searching back again, MacCauley’s baseball occupation began with T-ball and ongoing into vacation ball with the Paducah Storm. He now plays for Knights baseball out of Nashville.
MacCauley has also performed basketball and soccer for the earlier 4 several years but reported baseball is “definitely” his beloved.
He likes remaining a three-sport athlete, although.
“I think it’s significant to perform much more than one activity. It aids your entire body turn out to be much more athletic, and it is a great way to remain in shape,” he mentioned. “It’s been a ton of enjoyment for me to engage in three athletics below. It’s been a massive section of who I am, and I wouldn’t trade it for everything.”
Now concentrating exclusively on baseball, MacCauley is prepared to do what ever the Golden Eagles need to have of him.
Due to the fact of the potent veteran presence on the team, he doesn’t assume to play significantly ideal absent but is wanting forward to understanding a large amount about the college recreation as a freshman.
“They’re intended to be definitely great upcoming yr, so I really do not know how a lot I’ll engage in. But I’m likely to go in and do everything I can to have the greatest practical experience attainable,” he reported. “They have a large amount of veterans, so ideally I’ll discover a ton my freshman year, which will be truly great for me. I really do not know how a great deal I’ll enjoy, but I’m heading to go in and do all the things I can to get out there on the discipline.”
Haas thoroughly expects MacCauley to excel at the subsequent degree.
“He has a plus arm from any place in the infield and has superior array. He has a good swing at the plate and superior fingers. He’ll have good results, and he’ll have enjoyment at the subsequent stage,” he claimed. “Parker is able of participating in at that stage, and after he seriously thinks in himself and receives settled in there at Tennessee Tech, he’s going to be just fantastic. If he can get a excellent pitching coach at the college stage to aid mentor him, he has the expertise and abilities to have accomplishment at the future amount. I’m excited to see how it develops.”