The Hopkins name is synonymous with fast pitch softball and they’ve excelled at it, too. Mike Hopkins has played and coached the sport, including 18 years as coach of the highly-successful Eisenhower Panthers girls softball program. One of these days soon Hopkins will get the call from District 61 officials that his name has been called for induction into the athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game.
Hopkins’ youngest son, Parker, is the latest to represent the United States in fast pitch softball as he recently was selected for the 17-and-under USA men’s national fast pitch team. Parker’s older brother, Collin, also represented the United States in national competition. Parker was selected as an infielder and pitcher. When he isn’t pitching, he plays either second or third base. Speed and his drop ball are strengths of his, and he is working on developing a changeup. Parker was one of the 15 selected from the 30 who tried out for the under 17 USA men’s Pan-American championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov. 2-10, which is a qualifying tournament for the WBSC 18-under men’s world tournament that will be competed in Palmerston, New Zealand, Feb. 22-March 1.