"CSUB got a real good one," said his Fresno City College Coach Ron Scott
The CSUB Roadrunners will be adding some firepower to their bullpen in the 2019 season as Taft's Noah Parsons will be joining them. Parson is a Taft High graduate and is currently attending Fresno City College.
Noah is a right handed pitcher and ended his Taft High career with an ERA of 1.96, he had 12 wins while pitching 135.2 innings. He also had 209 strike outs and recorded 3 shut outs. Noah received the honor of being named to the Bakersfield Californian All-Area Team as well as being named to the second team of the 2016 MaxPreps California Small Schools All-State Baseball Team.
During Noah's first year at Fresno City College, he made 16 appearances with 9 starts. He won 4 and lost 3 with 2 saves. Noah pitched 64 innings with an ERA of 3.52 with 58 strike outs and 1 shut out.
Noah is returning from a short stint over the summer with the Newton Rebels who are located in Kansas and are affiliated with the Sunflower Collegiate League. Noah had the 3rd highest batting average on the team with .500. He also recorded 7 strike outs while on the mound for the Rebels.
Noah Parsons grew up in Taft and has played baseball here all his life. In a conversation with Noah he said, “ I've been playing baseball since I could walk, I started going out with my dad when I was 5 or 6.” I asked him about his fondest memory of his baseball career and Noah said, “ It would probably have to be my senior year of high school. As a team we did really good, personally I did really well, so I felt really good about my senior year.” Noah came up through the baseball ranks in Taft like a lot of young boys do here in town, he started with T-Ball and then the minors and majors and then onto high school.
Matt Davis, who is currently the Head Varsity Baseball Coach for Taft High, had this to say about Noah, “As a coach, it is a true pleasure to have a player that maximizes their talent due to their strong work ethic. Noah is a prime example of this. Every single accolade and success he has earned has been due to his bulldog mentality. No matter what it is, Noah is the first one in and the last to leave to leave. TUHS baseball is proud to have Noah in our family.”
"CSUB got a real good one," said his Fresno City College Coach Ron Scott. "Noah has the potential to be one of the top pitchers in the state. His work ethic is second to none. We are expecting Big things from him this year. CSUB not only got a great pitcher, they got a great person."
Recently, CSUB just named Jeremy Beard as Head Coach of their baseball program. Beard served as interim Head Coach last year. During his press conference, Beard had said that he had wanting to start getting more local area kids playing at CSUB.
When asked why he committed to CSUB, Noah's answered,”The coaching staff definitely, the atmosphere around there with Coach Beard, he is a great guy. I just felt that it was the best place for me and my family and I feel at home, like I am pitching in the backyard. I have always wanted to play at CSUB out of high school, we talked a little bit my senior year but things did not progress so I went to Fresno.”
As we talked about baseball, I also asked about the difference between high school baseball and college baseball, “ It was a lot different, in high school I really only needed 2 pitches, but when I got to college I got woke up real quick. I found out that you actually have to pitch and not just throw the ball. You have to let your guys work behind you. You got the 8 best players on the team behind you so you have to let them work, I do my job on the mound and they will do their job in their position.”
No matter what you do in life, whether it be sports related or not, there is always someone in your life that has inspired you to do what you do. So the question was asked, what inspired Noah Parsons to be a baseball player, “ It would have to be my dad, he is my number 1 fan, day in and day out down out the baseball fields, every chance we got, in the backyard while he was barbecuing, every chance we had we were working. He made me the kid I am today with my work ethic and I try to play as hard as I can to make him happy and make my family happy. I just want to get as far as I can. My dream is to go pro. I have always wanted that. It is a lot of hard work but nothing comes easy in this world and you have to work for what you want and that is what I want so we will see how that goes. Going to CSUB will help me reach that goal.”
The last question I asked Noah was, how did it feel knowing that he was going to get the opportunity to play Division 1 baseball?, he said, “ Oh man it is a blessing and an honor, I have been working towards this since day one with me, my dad and my brother in the backyard. I have always wanted to go to D1 or get drafted and this is just one step I have to take along the way, so it is nothing less than a blessing to play for Cal State Bakersfield.”
Noah has the passion and the drive needed to succeed at any level of play and should fit in very well with the CSUB program. We will be looking forward to hearing about your accomplishments in the near future.