It has been a busy year for Poolville pitcher Trendan Parish.
The incoming junior racked up 80 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched for a 1.143 ERA in his sophomore season, helping lead the Monarchs to a playoff berth en route to Parker County baseball MVP honors.
The momentum Parish built up during the spring has carried over into the summer, with the junior already having attended a number of elite, invite-only camps and clinics including the Sophomore Sunbelt Tournament in Oklahoma, as well as the Five Tools Showcase, which hosts tournaments allowing local Division I prospects exposure with out of town college teams.
Stints at the Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Connecticut (teams from across the U.S. and Canada compete for spots), a pro scout combine run by the Cleveland Indians and another Five Tools Showcase event still await him this summer and fall.
However the biggest development came for Parish last week, when he committed to Division I school Texas Tech University.
Parish follows in the footsteps of his father, Todd Parish, who also played baseball for Tech as a pitcher and first baseman.
The incoming junior’s potential landing spots were certainly not limited before making his final decision.
Parish’s travel coach, Aaron Whimpee said a number of high-profile programs were looking at him, while adding that the pitcher’s familial connection to Tech made for a unique opportunity.
“He had a lot of options,” Whimpee said.
“He chose Tech over OU, the University of Houston, UTA, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and the University of New Mexico.
“I know his family has ties to Tech, so that’s a perfect fit for him and his family as far as where to go to school.”
Parish himself cited a genuine interest by Tech’s coaches in his family and personal goals as reason for his choice.
“It was their staff honestly,” Parish said.
“[Tech Assistant Baseball Coach] J-Bob Thomas was super down to earth and wanted to get to know me and my family. He asked about me, he didn’t talk about the school the whole time. He wanted to know what I wanted to do and what best fit me as a person and as a family.”
Poolville Head Baseball Coach Alex Bracy also expressed excitement at the young thrower’s commitment.
“I talked to Coach [Todd] Parish about it, and him being a Texas Tech boy himself, [the school] is really close to his heart, so whenever I learned that was going to be Trendan’s final decision I was just excited,” Bracy said.
“I’ve always liked Texas Tech, so I’m glad he made this decision to go there. He’s got a bright future, and that program is on the rise. And not just the baseball program, but their athletic department as a whole is on the up and up. They’re getting better and better.
“I can’t wait to see him play there in the next couple years.”
Parish said committing early on in high school is an added bonus, giving him more time to focus on his craft later in his career with the Monarchs at a time when many other players may be only then making their college decision.
“I’m blessed with the opportunity to be able to commit so early so I don’t have to worry about it later on as a senior,” Parish said.
That is not to say the early college commitment means Parish has any intention of slowing down.
In fact, he stressed that making his decision now has added motivational fuel to the fire.
“I can still continue to work hard and play baseball,” Parish said.
“I love the game, I’ve loved it since I was little when me, my dad and brothers were out playing baseball in the yard. But also with this commitment, it makes me want to work harder so whenever I get there I can play a role in their program.”
Both Bracy and Whimpee said Parish has what it takes to do exactly that.
“Anyone that gets signed D-I, they’re talented, but what sets Trendan apart is, he’s not only physically talented but mentally and academically talented,” Bracy said.
“He’s an extremely well-rounded athlete, especially being a dual-sport athlete playing basketball and being extremely successful in that as well.
“He’s a huge competitor. He can mentally focus on what the job at hand is and that sets him apart.”
Whimpee echoed Bracy’s comments.
“Really it’s just his competitiveness and willingness to not give in when he’s up there on the mound,” Whimpee said.
“He’s really consistent. He uses emotion in a good way. When he’s on the mound competing, he channels it into trying to get outs, execute pitches and focusing on his delivery and overall execution.”
While Parish’s commitment to baseball and consistently improving his game are important, the incoming junior stressed that he wants to have a positive impact on more than just the baseball diamond.
“My GPA is about a 3.6, but I want to improve it and be a role model to those on my team,” Parish said.
“I want to be humble and try to point people that have asked me [for help] in the right direction.
“I give lessons to little kids, and they look up to me, so I want to do everything I can to point them in the right direction and make sure they succeed also.”
With two years of high school still in front of him, Parish has ample time to accomplish all those goals before donning the Scarlett and Black.
Given the success he has already enjoyed through his sophomore year, the future Red Raider looks poised to continue building on an already impressive resume.