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BRISTOL-Central Connecticut State University baseball player Mitch Guilmette has taken his talents to the Bristol Blues to continue to play the game he loves in front of his home crowd.
Guilmette, who is a Bristol native and a graduate of Bristol Central, has been enjoying his playing time so far for the Blues as he looks to better himself in every aspect of the game.
“It’s been unbelievable, you know. I get family and friends texting me and coming to the games just to see me play. It’s just been nice to be back at my hometown,” Guilmette said.
Last year, Guilmette played baseball in California during the summer, but he heard great things about the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, like the fans and the venues, tempting him to remain local this year.
Guilmette is entering his senior year at CCSU and his fourth year as a student athlete for the Blue Devils. In the 2016-17 season, Guilmette batted .331 in 48 games with two home runs and 35 RBI to help the Blue Devils reach the NCAA Regional round before being eliminated.
In his career with the Central baseball team, Guilmette has batted .305 with three homeruns and 52 RBI. He also posted a respectable .394 OBP throughout his three-year career. One of his fondest memories so far at Central was during his freshman year where he hit a walk-off double against Bryant University.
He believes his time at CCSU has given him the confidence and preparation to play for the Blues this summer and feels the support from the university.
“The coaches at Central help me a lot,” said Guilmette. “They have been developing me for the past couple of years. I’d say my pitching coach is the one that got me in this league. You can’t just come in and try out and play for this team, you have to have your coach recommend you and put in the word for you. They are basically the reason why I am here.”
In four of the nine games Guilmette has played for the Blues, he is batting .385, no home runs and three RBI. Blues manager Ronnie Palmer has noticed the confidence Guilmette has during his at bats and his good approach.
“Mitch has just a quality approach as far as that’s concerned,” said Palmer. “He sees the ball well and everything. He is aggressive in a good hitter’s count and stuff. He usually gets a ball that he can drive.”
The 21-year-old left-handed batter previously played baseball at Bristol Central High School. During his time there, he earned All-State honors.
A player who Guilmette looks up to is Alfonso Soriano, former professional baseball player for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. His favorite MLB team is the Los Angeles Angels.
With baseball in his blood, all Guilmette wants to do is to continue to work on his craft and provide his home crowd with the talent he was given.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said about playing at Muzzy Field. “Playing in front of my home fans, my family and my friends, everyone comes out. It’s an awesome experience.”
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