MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) – A Minnesota young man will compete Monday in the national Pitch, Hit and Run Competition, and he isn’t the first in his family of baseball lovers to do it.

Two years ago a young man named Douggie Parks qualified for the national Pitch, Hit and Run finals that were held in St. Louis as part of the all-star game. He won the event for 13-year-olds.

“It’s so thrilling to see your son on a pedestal like that,” said Doug Parks, Douggie’s father. “I said, ‘This is so much fun I’d like to do this again someday.’”

And lightening struck twice.

Douggie’s younger brother Zach Parks is headed to the all-star game in Phoenix on Monday.

“I’ve dreamed about it a couple times,” Zach said. “When I’m older, I want to be a major league baseball player.”

Zach and Douggie come from a baseball family. Their father is an accomplished baseball man and still plays amateur ball at the age of 48. What he likes best, however, is passing the game onto his sons.

“It’s unbelievable…I had the opportunity to go there with my older son, and now I get a chance to go back with my younger son,” Doug said.

Doug says he tells Zach that the real accomplish is getting to perform in the finals and, if only for a moment, playing in the big league.


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