SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- Julia Parker, a South Plainfield resident, is a senior at St. John Vianney in Holmdel, and she recently signed a National Letter of Intent last week to attend and play softball at Georgetown University.

She was surrounded by those close to her at a ceremony at the school.

“It felt great having all of those who have supported me through this process including my parents, family, and my travel and high school coaches,” Parker said. “I am so excited and proud to be a Hoya.”

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Parker, one of the top players in New Jersey, discussed why she chose to go to the Washington D.C.-based university.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a top academic institution where I could play softball and Georgetown was the perfect fit,” Parker said. “I will be studying Business and International relations with Chinese, which is the top program in the country. As a bonus, I am able to play softball in the Big East. The team and coaches were so welcoming and coach (Pat) Conlan was an experienced pitcher at UConn, which was a big draw for me. I immediately knew that was my home.”

Parker felt an instant connection with Conlan, who played a big role in her wanting to join the program.

“Coach Conlan was my first recruitment call my junior year. She immediately made me feel that I could make an impact in her program and that Georgetown was the perfect fit for my ambitions,” Parker said. “After visiting and meeting the team, I knew that I wanted to be at Georgetown.”

While it’s not easy for a freshman to crack the starting lineup or rotation, Parker said she hopes to in her first season and throughout her career.

“I hope to make an impact on the team in the circle and at the plate,” Parker said. “I want to add to a great pitching staff and help take us far in the Big East.”

As a junior last season, Parker made the All-State First Team. She went 27-1 from the circle and had an astounding 0.59 ERA with 223 strikeouts. From the batter’s box, she collected 40 hits, including seven home runs, and 42 RBI.

In her first year as a starter as a sophomore, she registered a 0.84 ERA and 196 strikeouts while batting .379 with five homers, 12 walks, and 19 RBI.

Come the spring, Parker hopes to lead the Lancers to another sectional title as well as a Tournament of Champions crown.

“I am already ready for high school softball to begin and we are hoping to win it all this year for the seniors in our last season,” Parker said. “I would love to bring a state championship trophy back to SJV.”

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