LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Bates baseball teammates Mekae Hyde and Alex Parker learned quickly how to take advantage of being Lewiston natives: during breaks in the academic calendar, they can still be found on campus, working on their swings in the team's indoor practice facility in Gray Cage.
The local pair are the subject of a feature story by Lewiston Sun Journal staff writer Randy Whitehouse, "Hyde, Parker getting in the swing at Bates," published on March 28.
The article sheds light on the commonalities and differences in the individual journeys both men are making at Bates, supplemented by insightful comments from head coach Mike Leonard.
Hyde, a highly touted catcher who helped Lewiston High School win a regional championship, has been a major contributor to the Bobcat lineup since first suiting up in garnet, while Parker, a "walk-on" who was a standout shortstop on two state champion teams at Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn, has fought to make the team and earn playing time inning by inning. By the same token, Hyde and Parker were also teammates on Lewiston's state champion American Legion team, and both have chosen to major in politics this year.