Hydrick may have to start baseball career all over
SALEM — Former United High School baseball standout Parker Hydrick is going to have to use what he learned in his shortened freshman season at Bowling Green State University.
“Be patient. Things will happen if they’re supposed to,” he said.
It will not be happening at Bowling Green as the Falcons dropped baseball as part of a cost-cutting measure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hydrick said Friday’s announcement came out of left field.
“There was no warning. It was kind of our of nowhere,” he said. “We all joined in on a Zoom call and our athletic director (Bob Moosbrugger) told us. He was mad at the very beginning because he’s an alumni of the baseball program.”
The school said it is reducing its athletic budget by $2 million and cutting baseball will save around $500,000 a year. That leaves 34 Bowling Green baseball players and four coaches without a team.
Hydrick said he would like to play somewhere, but also could return to Bowling Green for classes next school year. It just depends.
“I don’t even know yet,” he said. “I’m thinking about entering the transfer portal and am trying to figure out what to do. Hopefully something will come to me.”
Hydrick hadn’t seen any playing time in the outfield after playing catcher in high school.
“The outfield is different than catching, but it’s more fun and more interesting” he said. “I played one game there my senior year. Everyone switched positions the last game because it didn’t matter.”
The Falcons posted a 2-11 record, ending the season March 10 with a 2-1 win over Youngstown State at Eastwood Field in Niles.
It’s tough for a freshman to contribute right off the bat and Hydrick was looking forward to getting some playing time later in the season.
“There is a big difference in speed, strength and competitiveness,” he said.
He was making the transition after setting United season records for batting average (.646), hits (53), doubles (12) and RBIs (31) as a senior in 2019.
Hydrick wrapped up online classwork from Bowling Green last week.
Since the baseball season was halted in mid-March by the coronavirus pandemic, he has been doing workouts at his home in Salem.
He has a weight room at home and put up an outside batting cage.
“I also have a pitching machine, so that helps,” he said.
Hydrick will continue his schooling this fall as a sophomore business major.
“I’d like to open a business down the road,” he said.
If all goes right, he’d like to include baseball in his short-term future.
“That’s the plan,” Hydrick said.