14 July, 2004

Bravesí Padgett a Rarity

     There arenít a lot of Massachusetts boys in the Cape League but Bourne sports one in Kyle Padgett of Needham.

Kyle Padgett is one of the few Bay Staters playing in the Cape League this season. The Needham resident is getting some playing time for the Bourne Braves as a utility infielder.
Staff photo by Rich Eldred

Padgett goes to school at William & Mary, where he hit .304 with seven homers and 46 RBI in 51 games this season.

     ďI always wanted to play in the Cape League. I grew up coming to the games,Ē Padgett says. ďItís wonderful to get the opportunity to play here. Iím enjoying very aspect of it. This is a great bunch of guys [on the Braves] and the baseball is second to none. And Iíve got a great host family.Ē

     Padgett is batting .182 so far in 55 at bats, which is actually slightly above the Bourne team average.

     ďIím still trying to get adjusted to it,Ē he admitted. ďThis is definitely the toughest pitching Iíve ever faced. Itís a constant adjustment.Ē

     Bourne has three other New Englanders on its roster; first baseman Greg Creek of Chelsea, Maine, catcher Craig Stinson of Cranston, R.I. and pitcher Greg Norton of South Portland, Maine.

by Rich Eldred