Baton Rouge to Kokomo – Reid continues baseball travels

July 7, 2017

A good night’s sleep.

That is what the newest member of the 2017 Kokomo Jackrabbits may have looked forward to more than anything else, as he sat down in the press box area of Kokomo Municipal Stadium after an exhilarating 15-7 Prospect League victory over rival Lafayette. A quick glance at his recent itinerary offered proof.

Chris Reid, who moved into the starting role at second base for first-year field manager Gary McClure’s crew, had been on a flight from New Orleans to Indianapolis and then was transported to the Howard County city mere hours before first pitch. He had a quick visit with his host family dad, met the coaching staff and his teammates and then stepped on the field turf for a productive one-for-three, one-run scored, one-RBI evening that thrilled the better than 1,300 fans in attendance.

“I haven’t slept in over 18 hours, so yeah, it’ll be good to have a little down time (before a Friday, July 7, trip to Lafayette for a rematch with the Aviators),” he admitted. “This is how it’s been lately, though.”

Going back further into the story of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, he and his fellow Louisiana State Tigers are not too far removed from making the finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I College World Series. Even with a pair of tough losses to Southeastern Conference rival Florida that left them runners-up, Reid’s experience in Omaha, Nebraska and at TD AmeriTrade Park is one he will not soon forget.

“It was a tremendous experience,” he reflected. “Omaha does everything so first class and playing in front of 14-15,000 LSU fans per night was awesome. We hope to get another opportunity to go back soon.”

In addition, the Purple and Gold just might. Even with the losses of difference-making seniors Kramer Robertson, Jared Poche, Cole Freeman and Jordan Romero included in an eight-man Class of 2017, there is plenty of returning talent for the spring of 2018. Reid hopes he can step into a starting slot at third base, as his best friend and 2017 hot corner starter Josh Smith may be moved around the infield to fill another vacancy.

Having seen action in 25-or-more games in each of his two previous campaigns highlighted by 47 starts as a freshman, the St. Michael’s High School alum and three-time Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-stater will be ready when needed. “That’s what playing summer ball in places like New Orleans, Pennsylvania and here in Kokomo is for,” he said. “It’s about getting the chance for more opportunities and playing the game as often as possible … preparing for next year and on down the road.”

For the time being, the Prospect League and Kokomo give him chances for routine for the remaining summer days.

“This was a great game tonight,” the weary but happy Jackrabbits’ player said Thursday evening, July 6. “I haven’t seen much of Kokomo or talked with my teammates yet, but it seems like the fans are really behind the team, and it’s a good group of guys. I am looking forward to getting to know more and being able to help the organization.

“Now, it’s time to meet the rest of my host family and get settled in,” he added.

Catching 40 winks was more than likely on the evening’s agenda. After all, a road trip was at hand … something Chris Reid is used to.
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