Bozeman alum Cade Parker talks about freshman experience at FAU
Cade Parker was certainly among the area players hurt by the Division One college season being cut rather short.
The Bozeman alum was just getting into the swing of things, excuse the pun, down in Boca during his freshman season with the Florida Atlantic baseball team.
Cade seemed to be playing his way into the lineup, starting in five of 15 games for a 10-6 Owls team.
Parker hitting .267 with two extra base hits, including his first collegiate homer, and a couple of rbi in his 15 at bats.
Following his team's March 10th game against Penn in Boca, the season was canceled, and everyone sent home. And that's still a bitter taste for Cade.
"Yeah it was really disappointing to say the least." Cade told me recently."We were playing really well. The pitchers were throwing well, the hitters were hitting.I was getting some playing time. And for them to just end it, within a day, was just really disappointing."
Still there's an upside for Cade, he did at least get a taste of college ball in the fall, and for a good month in the spring, valuable experience indeed.
"It was a lot smoother than I thought it would be. I was really nervous for sure. It took a month, a month and a half to get used to the
speed of the game because it's a lot faster. Everyone's really strong, everyone hits the best, especially at the D1 level. So it took
a couple of months to get used to, but after you get used to it, you're still playing baseball, it's still the same game."
And as he makes his return to Boca, he does so with a great deal more familiarity, having spent time in the fall and early spring getting to know his coaches and teammates.
"They are awesome, coaches, players, they welcome you like family, it really is a brotherhood in college baseball. You play with those guys every day, you practice with them and then you go to your coaches and they'll help you with anything you need. It's great, it's a great experience."
And for Cade, there is the opportunity to get some time back, in a manner of speaking.
"When we get the extra year of eligibility next year I think that's really going to help because even going back, and knowing I still have four more years, I know what to experience with the playing time that I got now. So I think that gives me a little edge to say I'm a freshman again next year."
Cade traveling back south to Boca just a few days ago, to get ready to play summer ball down there, which begins later this week.