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Morin, Kids aiming for playoff berth

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Kyle Morin knew this could be a special year for him. So far, the senior is doing his part to help his teammates make a district run.

Through Northampton’s first 14 games of the season, Morin was among the team leaders in batting average (. 469) and hits (23).

But for Morin, it runs deeper.

Over the past four years, Morin has watched how the Konkrete Kids’ program has operated, and he has realized it was time to become totally immersed.

“It has been an awesome experience lately,” said Morin about his teammates recent four-game winning streak that has elevated them back into the district spotlight. “We have really come together as a team, and I am excited to see what we can do in districts.

“I have been looking at my own strengths and weaknesses to help the team get better. The most important part is to help this team win. I have been doing my best to be a leader on this team.”

Always among the team leaders in hitting, Morin has his sights set on receiving the team’s Black Bat award, given to the player with the best average.

With all of his concentration on baseball, Morin spent the offseason looking to hone his game both offensively and defensively.

“During the winter, I would spend a few days in the (batting) cage and also working out,” said Morin. “I also worked with some coaches on my fielding. I wanted to come into the season stronger, quicker, and smoother than last season.

“As soon as we started practice and the games, I did notice a difference. I was a lot stronger and I was moving better in the field. It really helped my overall game.”

Head coach Mick Sugra has appreciated Morin’s work ethic.

“He (Morin) and (Brittain) Shander have been solid up the middle for us,” said Sugra. “He has been hitting the ball well and has had a solid glove for us all season. He really has done a nice job as a mentor for the younger players.”

Morin, who has played baseball since he was five and played football, soccer, and basketball in middle school, has drawn much of his determination from his father, Leo, who has been extremely influential in his career.

His father constructed a small batting cage in their basement.

“My father has pushed me since day one,” said Morin. “He has been there for me all the time. But he always wants me to play to the best of my abilities. If I made an error in a game, we would work on fielding after that game.

“Right now, I am just trying to make all the hard work pay off.”

Morin plans to attend Northampton Community College next fall to continue his baseball career and pursue a degree in business management.

In the meantime, Morin plans to make the most of his opportunities.

“We have been playing well lately and we know we can keep it going,” said Morin. “We have a very talented team, and this is a great program. It will be really hard to leave here. Coach Sugra has taught me so many things and this staff is great.

“We still have a lot to prove.”