Lee outfielder Bates commits to La. Tech

Robert E. Lee's Parker Bates (2) watches his hit as it sails for the outfield against Lakeview Centennial, during their district game at Mike Carter Field. On Tuesday, Bates, an incoming senior, committed to Louisiana Tech. (Lang White / Correspondent/File)

Robert E. Lee's Parker Bates will continue his baseball career in the 2016-17 season at Louisiana Tech University.

The incoming senior made the announcement Tuesday evening on Twitter.

"Proud to say I have officially committed to play baseball at Louisiana Tech University #WeAreLATech," Bates tweeted via @ParkerPbj3.

Bates will be the second recent Red Raider to choose the Conference USA school. Brandon Durman signed with La. Tech for football in February. Durman quickly responded on Twitter to Bates' announcement that he would be joining him in Ruston, Louisiana.

"@ParkerPbj3 Yessir!" Durman responded via @BrandonDurman.

Bates burst onto the scene for REL as a sophomore, earning All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year honors after he led the Red Raiders with a .425 average, 20 hits and 27 runs scored.

Last season, Bates played a big role in the Red Raiders securing their 14th consecutive playoff appearance and was named to the All-District 11-6A first team as an outfielder thanks to a .342 average and .432 on-base-percentage with 19 RBIs.

Last season, Louisiana Tech finished with a 25-27 record and the Bulldogs were 8-21 in Conference USA.

Bates joins Brett Pirtle (Mississippi State), Burch Smith (Oklahoma), Trey Johnson (Mississippi State), Jimmy Landes (Baylor), Blake Barnes (Oklahoma State), Blake Smith (West Virginia) and others as Red Raiders to go on and play Division I baseball.




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