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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County High junior pitcher/first baseman Parker Ball has played elite travel ball this summer.

There has been plenty of reasons to be excited about the Douglas County High baseball program.

The Tigers just missed making the postseason last season with a young team.

With several key players returning, the Tigers have the potential to make the postseason.

Individually, junior Parker Ball is establishing himself as one of the top pitchers in the state.

Ball has been playing with an elite travel team this summer, in addition to preparing for the upcoming football season.

“It’s been a summer where I think that I’ve performed well,” Ball said. “I’ve had to adapt to a new team with some new players.”

Playing in the World Wood Bat Association for Perfect Game, Ball has ran his fastball up to the high 80s and batted .533 for his team.

Douglas County coach John Farmer said he has been impressed with ball performance.

“Our expectation for him this coming season is very high,” Farmer said. “He is being counted on to be one of our standouts this coming season. He will be one of our top pitchers and will bat in the middle of our lineup.”

As a sophomore last season, Ball was a first baseman and pitcher for the Tigers.

He hit .276 in 76 at-bats and had 12 RBI. On the mound, he had two wins and 38 strikeouts in 41 and one-third innings of work.

Although baseball is his first love, Ball is also a top reserve on the Tigers football team. The 239-pounder plays both the center and guard position.

He split his time between playing travel baseball and working out for the upcoming season.

“It was sort of tough doing both,” Ball said. “Because I play center, I have to help make all the line calls so I have to know all the plays. Working out for football actually helped me with baseball. I feel like I’m in good condition. Football has definitely helped my stamina for baseball.”

Because he has competed at a high level this summer, Farmer says Ball will definitely be counting on for his experience.

Following last season, Ball was named MVP of the Tigers’ team and only committed three errors the entire season.

“The high level of competition has been good for him,” Farmer said. “We are definitely looking for big things.”

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