By Peter Addison
Parker Benoit is a baseball player through and through. Parker’s passion for the sport began at an early age.
“I have been playing baseball ever since I could walk,” he said.
Benoit, primarily a first baseman who can play third base if called upon, doesn’t play any other sports.
Baseball has always had a positive impact on Benoit’s life. Some of his most memorable moments occurred on or around the field with his teammates and coaches.
“My favorite part of being on the team is making friendships and memories that won’t be forgotten,” he said.
Benoit finds inspiration on and off the field from his friends, family, and coaches. One individual in particular stands out amongst the rest.
“Mason Lundgrin has been my favorite influence in life and in the game of baseball,” he said.
Lundgrin, a former student at Salina South, currently plays baseball at Lipscomb University and Benoit hopes to follow a similar path as Lundgrin.
To achieve these goals, Benoit seeks out advice and words of encouragement from all of the positive influences in his life. However, a recent speech by coach Tyler Smith resonated with Benoit.
“My favorite memory while attending South High would have to be coach Tyler Smith’s speech at my graduation,” he said.
Those words of encouragement have inspired Benoit to follow his dreams. When asked about his future plans Benoit responded that after high school, he wants to play baseball on the collegiate level and pursue a degree in business.