A former Columbus High athlete is looking to use a strong summer in Canada to take his baseball career to the next level.
Parker Smejkal, a third baseman at University of Nebraska Omaha, set a franchise record for hits in a season while playing for the Yorkton Cardinals in the Western Major Baseball League, a Canadian summer league for college athletes.
“Baseball has been my love since I was a little kid, once I knew I was going to Canada I knew that was a pretty good league,” says Smejkal.
Smejkal also led his team with six home runs and 31 RBI’s. He put up those numbers while hitting for a steady average of .321, with an on-base percentage of .394.
“Going up there and playing with the Canadians was pretty fun honestly, seeing how they look at baseball and I mean it’s not too different honestly,” says Smejkal.
Smejkal shared the field with Canadian players and other American college players, who played at schools such as Oregon State, Alabama and University of California – Santa-Barbara.
The to-be junior hit .237 with 22 RB’I’s last season and is hoping his success up north will carry over in 2018. As for future goals, Smejkal has his sights on playing professionally, if he can keep up similar numbers.
“Either pretty close, the same or even better than what I did this summer, because like I said, my hopes are to get drafted,” says Smejkal.
Smejkal graduated from CHS in 2015.
Check him out in the highlights in a game against the Huskers in the video above.