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Kidd carrying on the family name in Boone Grove baseball

2014-04-24T17:00:00Z 2014-04-24T23:49:08Z Kidd carrying on the family name in Boone Grove baseballJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

Arv, Drew, Sam.

Whether it's dad coaching or the sons playing, the Kidd family is synonymous with Boone Grove baseball, and Wolves sophomore Chuck warmly embraces the lineage, right down to wearing Drew's old number 13.

"People say it's an unlucky number, but it's always brought luck to me," Chuck said. "It's like having a part of him with me while I'm playing. We were all raised loving baseball, playing it, being around it. Being compared to my brothers, it's always just a comforting feeling to me. When people say my game reminds them of my brothers, it's a respect thing. "

Drew graduated in 2008, went on to play for Anderson College and now is a graduate assistant coach at Concordia (Minn.) University. Sam graduated two years later, the point when Arv also left coaching at Boone.

"There's always family competition in whatever we do," Chuck said. "I'm always trying to get the upper hand on them. Sam and Drew both made a name for the family and I'm just trying to carry it on, to replace what they produced. Drew has always been a real big role model. He's always been there for me. They're still helping me out with whatever I need and I'm really thankful for that, too."

Like Drew, Chuck played as a freshman, impacting the program immediately as a third baseman and pitcher.

"They're from the same gene pool, but they're different characters," said Boone Grove's Rollie Thill, who has coached all three Kidds. "Chuck played more as a freshman. He's got a lot of talent. A lot of that comes from the fact that he watched Sam and Chuck for so long. He's got so much baseball experience in him. You can't beat that. He's definitely a student of the game. He knows you can't take anything off. He goes at it hard every time."

It's the only way for Kidd, who knows he'd get an earful of grief at home if he didn't go 100 percent.

"They both know I have just as much as passion as they did," Kidd said. "They don't really need to say anything. I enjoy playing. I never played other sports. It's been baseball from day one. No matter what I'm thinking about it, it's usually baseball. Really, all day, I'm into the game."

With a base of seniors around him, Kidd was able to settle in as a freshman. Graduation left him as a veteran on a young roster this spring. Kidd (3-0) has already become Boone's No. 1 pitcher and hits third in the order.

"At times, he's pretty good. At times, he's still learning," Thill said. "He's definitely a pitcher. He's got good stuff. He doesn't have the ability to be a thrower. His defense is pretty solid. He makes a lot of plays. He's going to have the opportunity to do a lot of things."

Taking on a leadership role might be too much for the average sophomore, but Kidd isn't burdened by it. He relishes the responsibility.

"I always like being in control," he said. "Drew was definitely the loudest one in the family, but I'm trying to get there, doing whatever I can to get the team ready to play. Last year, it was pretty nerve-wracking, but just the environment of the team, being older, it helped playing with the older guys, seeing what they did. They pointed things out, put me at ease. It's a cool spot to be in. I like having everybody respect me and I respect them."

Though Kidd isn't the youngest in the family, he will be the last to play baseball for Boone. Eighth-grader Max plays soccer.

"The little guy didn't want to play anymore," Chuck said. "It was a shock to all of us. I definitely want to go out with a bang."

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