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BRISTOL - Bristol Blues outfielder Kyle Pileski has been taking this summer with the Blues as a way to keep sharp until he returns back to school.
But throughout this journey, he has been able to gain valuable friendships to make this experience with the Blues that much better.
“A lot of us go out and work out together in the gym, so we are always together,” Pileski said. “We are always hitting, taking extra swings in the batting cage. So, I think it is just paying off now and our success in the season.”
Pileski, a Bristol native, has been a versatile piece for the Blues this season.
He plays both outfield and infield for the team, giving manager Ronnie Palmer the bonus of using him wherever he wants to.
Although Pileski has not been able to get the bat going, as he is only batting .167, with only one extra base hit in the 15 games he has played so far, he says he will keep the same approach and just hope things will come into place for him.
“I mean I go in every day the same and just try to do the same thing every day,” Pileski said, regarding the way he prepares himself for a game.
“I don’t want to get so high with the highs and to get low with the lows. I just want to come and be myself every day and just be confident in what I can do out there on the field.”
The 21-year-old is entering his senior year of college at Framingham State with a major in management. During his college years he has played for the Framingham State Rams baseball team.
From 2015 to 2017, Pileski has accumulated a .244 batting average, with nine home runs and 49 RBIs in 79 games with the Rams.
Pileski did pick it up in the 2017 season, when he batted .271, compared to the 2016 season, in which he batted .216.
His most fond memory with the Rams was when he hit a grand slam against Bridgewater State University in a 6-1 victory.
Before attending Framingham, Pileski attended Bristol Central high school and played baseball there as well.
He grew up as a Red Sox fan, but enjoys watching Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays play the game. He also loves to fish in his spare time.
But something that he says he has appreciated the most is the team’s spirit in not giving up in games when it is down. It is something he says that has allowed him and his teammates to become closer.
“Once we are down, we have a chance to come back. We just always have each other’s backs,” Pileski said on the team’s ability to come back in games.
“We believe in each other down the stretch of games and when it gets deep and close. We have a chance with every game.”
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