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Former Crab Craig Parry drafted by Pirates

ARCATA (June 9) — South Dakota State senior Craig Parry, who was one of the Humboldt Crabs' stars in 2007, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 50th round of last week's Major League Baseball draft.

"It feels awesome," said Parry when reached by phone on Monday. "I had known the Pirates would be my best shot at getting drafted this year. Their regional scout had called me with a couple of weeks left in the season and came out to visit me while I was still in South Dakota doing workouts."

Parry, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound outfielder, knew that if he was drafted at all, it would be on the second day, but as things moved into the later rounds without his phone ringing, he began to get anxious.

"I had mixed emotions," he said. "It was definitely nerve-racking. I knew it was my last shot. I was going to be disappointed if I didn't get the opportunity, but I tried to be optimistic."

The good news finally came in the very last round.

"I had friends at the house, and my friends and family were all standing at the computer. I was away from it when my name popped up, and everyone got pretty excited."

A moment later the phone rang. It was Chris Klein, the Pirates' scout, confirming the good news.

On Wednesday he will fly to Bradenton, Fla., where the Pirates hold spring training, to work out for a week before going to State College, Pa., to play for the State College Spikes, the Pirates' short-season "A" team.

Parry is part of the ever-growing connection between the Crabs and the South Dakota State program, run by former Crab Reggie Christiansen. He started 44 of 54 games for the Crabs last season, hitting .324 with 11 doubles and a team-leading 42 runs scored.

His numbers at South Dakota State this year were even more impressive as he was named to the all-Summit League First team. He led the Jackrabbits with 10 homers, 47 RBIs, a .646 slugging pct. and a school-record 20 doubles.

Of the Crabs' experience, Parry said, "It's a great atmosphere, day in, day out, the fans were awesome. It's definitely one of the most fun summers I've had. I'm glad I was able to have that opportunity."

Kevin Morsching | 1986-2007

The Humboldt Crabs would like to thank everyone who attended the memorial and celebration of Kevin Morsching on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Arcata Ballpark. More than 200 fans, Crabs players and coaches gathered at the ballpark to remember Kevin and his family, as well as celebrate his life and contribution as a player, teammate and individual to the greater community.

The Crabs also wish to thank Kevin's aunt and uncle, Kirk and Karen Richards, who drove up from Menlo Park to attend and represent the Morsching family.

While we all deeply feel the loss of Kevin, it is important to know that Kevin's family gave the gift of life to many others across the country through the organ and tissue donor program.
From their loss, the Morsching family has helped to provide life and hope to many individuals and families. The Humboldt Crabs urge everyone to follow the shinning example of Kevin and the Morsching family to register to be an organ and tissue donor.
The Crabs will soon provide a link from the website to information on the organ donor program in California. The Crabs will also provide information on the organ and tissue donor program throughout the 2008 baseball season at the Arcata Ballpark.
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