Meadville Tribune


March 31, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Local softball teams go through makeover


MEADVILLE — Parker times two

The Maplewood softball program has included a member of the Mark Parker family for quite some time. All three of his daughters — Hannah, Addie and Emma — have played for the Lady Tigers. And Mark has roamed the sidelines as an assistant coach nearly every single one of those years.

When Emma graduated last year, it looked like the end of the Parkers’ involvement with the program. Not a chance.

Not only is Mark back as an assistant, Hannah, who was an assistant as well the past few years, has climbed the ladder and has assumed the duties as head coach.

Like Baer, Parker had a number of successful seasons at Maplewood as a player. Her resumé also includes membership on the Tri-Boro/Mid-East Senior League softball team that played in the 2006 World Series.

Hannah takes over for Kelley Onderko, who resigned after three years as the head coach.


Moats isn’t from the area. He hails from Corry. But softball enthusiasts in Crawford County, particularly Meadville, know Moats.

Moats has played quite a bit of softball in this neck of the woods over the years. Most of those innings are in modified leagues where he has helped his teams win three national championships and six state titles.

“I play a lot of softball,” Moats said.

Moats has also given quite a bit back to the game over the years. Moats has an extensive coaching background.

He spent three years as the head softball coach at Girard and another three years as the head coach at Mercyhurst Prep. He has also had stints as an assistant at Corry (three years), Union City (five years) and Strong Vincent and was a volunteer assistant coach at Mercyhurst University for five seasons.

He now adds Meadville to that list.

“I like coaching,” Moats said. “I saw the opening came up, it’s a good softball program … I had to give it a shot.”

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