Henry reflects on strong baseball career



EVART – Parker Henry has had a quiet summer after recently saying goodbye to a strong career in Evart baseball.

Henry played a key role in his team’s 30-win season a year ago which included Highland Conference and district titles.

He was all set to help the Wildcats make a state title run and put in a week of practice before the season was canceled because of COVID-19.

His hope was to have summer baseball activity with the Wildcats, although he has graduated. Coach Josh Johnson had been trying to get some games set up with other schools. There was an informal scrimmage for Evart with Big Rapids and Cadillac at Win Kellum Field recently.

“I was going to play some with the Evart baseball team over the summer,” he said. “All we can do is practice right now. We really can’t be in tournaments. (The practices) are pretty much get togethers and hitting the ball around a little bit. We had around 15 people at one.”

Henry is getting ready for college. He’s looking at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant and has expressed interest in playing for the baseball team. He’s been focusing on pitching and wants to concentrate on his offspeed pitches.

“Pitching has been my main thing,” Henry said. “I’ve played outfield.”

Henry will always have fond memories of 2019. But 2020 could potentially have topped that had there been a season.

“I believe we would have went as far as we did last year (regional finals),” he said. “We really had a tight-knit group of guys.”

Henry was a three-year varsity player. Baseball was his only sport.