Skyline High School senior Dustin Parkinson will be heading east (slightly).
Parkinson signed Monday to play baseball at Dakota State, a NAIA program in Madison, S.D. Parkinson was recruited by the Trojans as a right-handed pitcher.
Parkinson said Tuesday in a phone interview that Dakota State attracted the senior with its “coaching philosophy” and its penitential rebuilding process.
The Trojans, who play in the North Star Athletic Association, went 2-30 in 2016-17. They went 20-27 and made the NSAA Conference Tournament in 2015-16.
“I really enjoyed the recruiting process because it showed the different skill levels you have to have to play from high school to college and the different perspective you have to have for academics,” Parkinson said.
Parkinson said he will receive about half a scholarship for academics. He said he started getting recruited his sophomore season and was looked at by other schools including Dawson Community College (Glendive, Mont.), Dean College (Franklin, Mass.) and Emerson (Boston).
He said he visited Dakota State once and felt comfortable throughout his campus tour. He added that the distance is “close, but far away enough from home.”
“The coaching philosophy attracted me,” Parkinson said. “It’s not too far away from home and I’m excited to help their program.”
Parkinson was a part of a Skyline team that went 17-14 and finished third in the 4A tournament — the highest the Grizzlies had finished in baseball in over 20 years—last season.