Just like a new glove that takes a while to break in, Caleb Narron needed a little time to fit in at Boone Grove.
"I remember my first class. I was in Spanish, and the lady asked us to tell the class about ourselves," said Narron, whose family moved from Cherryville, N.C. "I said my name and four or five people looked at me like I was crazy, like they didn't know what they heard."
Near the end of his second season with the Wolves, Narron still has the folksy drawl, but on the field, he's just one of the guys.
"It wasn't hard, but it wasn't easy," Narron said. "Everybody was kind of like, 'Who is this kid?' I didn't jump in hitting .400, but I started to do some things right, and it was like, 'OK, this kid knows a little something.' I started to make friends. I'm definitely a whole lot more comfortable now."
Narron found his niche last season as a utility infielder/designated hitter. This year, he's been Boone's every-day second baseman.
"He's done a great job of just continuing to get better the entire time," Wolves coach Rollie Thill said. "The nice thing about him is he's adaptable. He's just very easygoing, willing to do whatever he could to help the team, and that's helped him fit in even better."
Baseball roots run deep in the Narron family. Caleb is a relative of Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, a former major league catcher who managed the Reds from 2005 to '07. John Narron is the Brewers' hitting coach and gave Caleb lessons years ago.
Troy Narron, his dad, played in college. When Caleb was little, Troy put items in his left hand to steer his hitting to that side. For Christmas, Caleb received a hitting net that he put up in the garage so he can practice at home and study video of his swing.
"I do most things right-handed," Narron said. "My dad always wanted me to be a step closer to first. It's worked pretty well for now. I'm hitting pretty good. I'm seeing my pitch and I've been able to take it and hit it."
Unfortunately for Boone, Narron's postseason hits will be his last with the Wolves. Troy, a manager with UPS, has been transferred back, and the family will return to North Carolina after the school year. He actually got the job in December, but Caleb asked to stay through the season.
"I couldn't leave the team in the middle of the year like that," Narron said. "We're looking to try to win the sectional. It wouldn't have been right. They were counting on me to play second base. I'd like to play college baseball, and I knew I had to have a big junior season to do it."
Going into the sectional, Narron is hitting close to .400.
"He's gotten stronger, faster," Thill said. "He's just a die-hard baseball player who plays all out all the time."
After making a new group of friends, the move back to North Carolina will be bittersweet for Narron, who will be reunited with his Tar Heel pals.
"It'll be tough," he said. "I made some good friends. I'm definitely going to miss playing with them, seeing them like that. But you've got to do what you've got to do. I'll keep in touch with everyone. Now when I go back, they'll think I talk funny."