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Pike County resident grabs national Gold Glove distinction

Pike County native Blake Parrott recently received national recognition for his baseball skills when he was named to the Rawling’s 2009 National Gold Glove Team. Parrott has lived and played baseball in Pike all of his life and was on the Gordon College baseball team for the past two years. ”He was a good team leader and brought a lot of energy to our team,” said Gordon’s head baseball coach Travis McClanahan. “He was selected as an All-Conference Gold Glove player for first base. That nominates him to make the National Gold Glove.” Parrott graduated with an associate’s degree in education from Gordon and plans to continue his education at University of West Georgia. ”We’re excited about him getting an opportunity to go on to four-year college and get his bachelor’s degree and still get a chance to play there,” said McClanahan. “Obviously, we’re going to miss him, but we’re excited he’s closer to meeting his goals and still getting to play baseball.” Parrott hasn’t ruled out swinging for the big leagues. He wants baseball to remain a part of his life and he is taking advantage of a baseball scholarship at West Georgia. ”I’m working toward getting to the big leagues, but you have less than a 1% chance of making it so you have to have a plan B,” he said. “School is very important to me because that’s probably how I’ll make my living.”

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