Pine River senior signs letter to play baseball at MCC

LEROY — Greg Park has been dreaming about playing college baseball since he was at the Little League level.

His dream is coming true.

Park signed a letter of intent at Pine River High School last to play baseball at Muskegon Community College, starting with the 2016 season.

“It’s close to home so I won’t be missing my family too much,” he said. “It definitely fits the budget.”

Park made initial contact with MCC.

“(Their coach) asked me a series of questions of what hand I was and where I went to school,” Park, a right-handed pitcher, said. “He asked me to come for a visit. After that, he offered me to play.”

Park said he’s getting a “small” scholarship. He indicated MCC wants to have him as a pitcher.

“I definitely want to work hard for the rest of my season and this next summer,” Park said. “I definitely need to be prepared going into (the 2016) season. It’s going to be tough. I want to get better on everything.”

Park is among the key seniors on Pine River’s baseball team this spring.

“I don’t think I’ll be hitting the ball much (at MCC), but you can never be good enough at anything,” he said.

Park is playing this summer for the Grand Rapids Stars travel team.

During Parks’ signing ceremony, with around 60 fellow students and teachers watching, Pine River athletic director Aaron Schab noted the Bucks’ senior successful exploits in other sports.

One of those was catching the winning touchdown pass late against Sanford Meridian in the Division 6 district title game last November.

“That was an unforgettable moment,” Schab said. “In the district game with McBain, he hit seven 3-pointers. He’s well-rounded and has a 3.6 GPA.”

Park is excited about having achieved a long-time goal.

“Everything feels kind of good right now,” he said.