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Mother Nature spoils Cougars’ season-opener, Parr’s debut

Yesterday’s storms washed out the home/season opener for North Harrison’s baseball team and the debut of new head coach Rick Parr.
The matchup against Lanesville lasted only a half-inning before lightning sent both teams to the dugouts. Ten minutes later, heavy rain deluged the area and postponed the game for good.
Not that what took place counted, but Seth Jacobs walked and stole second base, then moved to third on a one-out bloop single by Kenton Acton. The next two Eagles struck out to end the threat, then the rains came to end the game.
North Harrison returns to action today (Wednesday) at home as it hosts Perry Central at 5:30 p.m.
The Cougars travel to Springs Valley on Saturday at noon.
Lanesville, which was coming off a 6-3 victory over Orleans on Monday, returns to the field on Friday at Eastern in a 4:30 start, then hosts a solid Northfield club on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Parr looks to build on Cougar tradition
Parr, 51, takes the place of longtime skipper Danny Schmidt, who won more than 400 games and 11 Mid-Southern Conference titles during his 23-year reign.
Parr resides in Louisville and owns his own business, RP Baseball, which helps aspiring players with camps, finding potential college teams, workouts and the like.
Parr was drafted in the 7th round by the Boston Red Sox organization in 1977, where he played for three minor league seasons.
In addition to stops at John Logan (IL) Community College and Greenville (IL) College, he was the head coach at Indiana University Southeast from 1985 through 2003, but the stint at North will be his first high school gig.
While at IUS, Parr’s teams won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title four times, and he had 16 consecutive post-season appearances.
‘I’ve been working with the people out at North Harrison for years doing camps, and when the job opened up, some people contacted me about it,’ Parr said. ‘It’s hard to top what’s been down there. Danny Schmidt did a great job and I hope to continue the tradition that he started.’
Parr says his enthusiasm for the game of baseball and his lengthy experience are his two biggest strengths.
As for this year’s Cougars team, depth, strong pitching and a balanced lineup will be North’s strong points.
‘What I like is we have a lot of guys who can contribute,’ Parr said. ‘We don’t have a real glaring weakness. The kids so far have been working real hard. It’s obvious the tradition is extremely strong here.
‘We’re going to be pretty good in pitching. We’ve got some lefties who are good, and Kyle Whittinghill is a strong right-handed pitcher who is pretty well known.

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