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BV Area's Lynn signs with Cal U

| Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Idependent
Parker Lynn (center) signs a letter of intent to play baseball at California University of Pennsylvania. He is shown with his parents Gina and Donald Lynn of Rostraver Township on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Belle Vernon Area High School.

Parker Lynn was on his way to having a great junior baseball season at Belle Vernon Area last spring.

He was batting over .400 and was one of the big reasons the Leps were hoping to get back to the WPIAL Class AAA title game for a second straight season.

Then in a game at Ringgold, his season stopped with a thud when he was in a hard collision in the outfield with teammate Dylan Pietrantoni as the two went for a pop fly. It sent both players to the hospital.

Lynn suffered a concussion, broken nose, detached retina and a bruised orbital bone. He eventually returned to the lineup after missing some time, but his offensive numbers dropped.

He ended the season batting only about .140.

“Really, it was a shame because he was having a great year until he and Dylan collided,” said Dan Palm, BVA's coach last season. “After that, his numbers dropped. But his effort certainly never suffered.”

However, that didn't deter California University from pursuing him.

On Friday, Lynn officially committed to California University to play baseball after he graduates.

He had given a verbal commitment to Cal U coach Mike Conte on Oct. 12.

“Cal U is the perfect fit for me,” said Lynn, who was recruited as a utility player. “Everything there is right for me. The university met all my needs academically and for baseball. I'm really happy to be going there.”

He chose Cal U over other offers from schools that included Seton Hill, Marietta and St. Vincent.

“I decided to sign early because I wanted to be able to just go out and have fun and enjoy my senior season,” Lynn said. “I didn't want to have to worry about who was coming to watch me play all the time.”

Palm said that he always admired the attitude Lynn took toward the game.

“I will tell you one thing about Parker: I never had a player who sparked more comments and questions from opposing coaches as to where he was going to play college ball than he did,” said Palm. “That's because his energy and in-game performance was always so high. He is one of those kids that if you watch him play and see how he goes about his business, he is the kind of kid you want on your team.”

Lynn recently received an honor from Chandler Baseball, a traveling program he played with in the fall. He won the Brad Evans/Chandler Gold Bat Award.

Lynn was tabbed for representing the qualities expected in all Chandler players, including hustle, competitive, energy, loyalty, passionate about the game and being a good student.

He is the son of Donald and Gina Lynn of Rostraver Township.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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