SAN DIEGO — Every time Rancho Bernardo High School pitcher Parker Bugg strikes out an opponent, he sees dollar signs. Not for himself, for the Chelsea’s Light foundation – started in honor of Chelsea King, the 17-year-old from Poway who was murdered in 2010.
Bugg said he didn’t know King personally…
“But I was a freshman when all of that happened and I knew plenty of juniors and seniors who knew her,” Bugg said. “I could tell by the toll it took on them how much of a special person she was and how sick of a crime this was. It made me sick and I didn’t even know her.”
The 6-feet, 6-inch right-hander, who throws his fastball upwards of 90 miles per hour, said he got the idea when he visited Louisiana State, where he has earned a scholarship to play next year.
“They told us how they have the largest attendance of any school and how they have their kids give back to the community,” Bugg said. “(They) encouraged us to do that back home in our community. So I came home and couldn’t think of anything better to do than give back to the Chelsea’s Light foundation.”
“I think it is a wonderful thing that he is doing,” said RBHS catcher Alex Jackson. “A lot more athletes should look towards what he is doing and take the perspective of how he is taking the sport that he loves to play, and something that effected his life, and put them together and making something really good out of it.”
Bugg has struck out 39 batters in 39 innings this season, but his total may not increase because of a stress fracture in his right foot, diagnosed on April 19th. Doctors told him he could miss between three and eight weeks.
“I started thinking of other ways to possibly keep it going,” Bugg said. “Whether to have other pitchers fill in for me or maybe my own team, but I haven’t figured it out. But I would like to keep it going, I just don’t know how yet.”
Bugg said he has already raised more than $5,000 in pledges, and he hopes to return before the end of the season to add to that total – and his strikeout total.
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