Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Sam Canales is using his experience of playing a second season with the Old Orchard Raging Tide to become a better baseball player for Bowdoin College.
John Ewing/Staff Photographer
And is it fun be a hometown favorite?
"It's awesome. I have friends who come to the games," said Canales.
Besides Canales, the team has several other southern Maine players. They include Zach Collett, Westbrook/University of New Haven; Louis DiStasio, Cheverus/Rhode Island; Jeff Gelinas, Thornton Academy/University of Maine; Harry Ridge, Cheverus/Bowdoin; Joey Royer, Cheverus/University of New Haven; and Nick Whittaker, Yarmouth/St. Joseph's College. Mekae Hyde, who played at Lewiston High and now plays for Bates College, is also on the team.
In addition to new players, the Raging Tide have a new manager in 30-year-old Chris Torres, who played in the Tiger and Cardinal organizations. Torres still had some baseball left in him but wanted to get into managing to follow in his late father's footsteps. Victor Torres, who died in May, was a hitting instructor in the Giants' minor league system.
"This is a great league to start my coaching career," said Torres. "We have a good group of guys and Sam is one of the catalysts. He plays the game hard and is one of the fan favorites. I've been very impressed with him."
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