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3/31/05-Tyler

Texas College Freshman Returns To Baseball Diamond

It's been a long road for Dustin Parker. He's gone from an 18 year-old Arp senior, to a 21 year-old Texas College freshman. After high school, Dustin wanted to play college baseball, but wound up just going to work instead.

"I thought about it a lot," Dustin says, "but at that time, I had bills to pay."

So Dustin spent two years out of college, and away from the game. Then, Dustin walked into the Steers baseball office last December, and joined the team. Now he's hitting .370 and drawing attention from major league scouts, including the Astros and Cardinals. He's using baseball to further his education, and hopefully his playing career.

"My brothers, my mom, my dad, they mean a lot to me," he says. "If I can have success in this game, then I can help everybody out."

Several other Texas College players are also being scouted, including third baseman Ryan Odomes. With more players coming out for the team this season, the Steers continue their growing process.

Dustin is playing in the infield this season, and also pitching, catching, and doing whatever it takes. Dustin has struck out 18 batters in 11 innings, and is hitting .370 at the plate.

"It doesn't really matter where I play, I just want to play the game."

He's glad to be back on the diamond, and now at the age of 21, he feels like he can appreciate it.

"You realize how much you miss," Dustin explains. "I take in a lot more now. It's a good feeling."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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