Johnson holds his own at NAIA Tournament, IWU eliminated

May 15, 2018

Parker Johnson baseball

Parker Johnson

The bright lights of the NAIA National Baseball Tournament didn’t intimidate Indiana Wesleyan University freshman Parker Johnson of Anchorage.

The third baseman went 3-for-9 and got base hits in both games as Indiana Wesleyan suffered consecutive losses and was eliminated from the Lawrenceville Bracket in Georgia.

“The national tournament was intense,” he told me. “I’m really excited to start the journey to get back there next year and put our team in a better position to make it to Lewiston.”

Johnson, of South High fame, batted 2-for-5 with a double in a 10-7 loss to Point University of Georgia and 1-for-4 in a 12-2 loss to Lyon College of Arkansas.

Overall, he hit .275 in 48 games with eight doubles and 20 RBIs.

“The season was fun. I enjoyed playing so many games as opposed to the typical season in Alaska,” Johnson said. “I made a lot of adjustments on and off the field to try and improve my performance in games.

“The biggest part about college ball was learning what you’re good at and what you suck at and trying to improve the things you suck at quickly.”