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Maine baseball player excels in dual role as pitcher and catcher

9:13 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's not uncommon for college baseball players to play two positions - usually infield and outfield or pitcher and infield. But University of Maine junior baseball player Mike Connolly is unique. He is a pitcher and a catcher.

Connolly says his talents in baseball come from his dad, Mike Sr., who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians straight out of high school. Nowadays, he spends his time coming to every single weekend game to cheer on his son.

Connolly wasn't originally slated to be a catcher in Orono. He only caught for 10 games in his high school career. But one day, after helping another catcher at practice, Maine head coach Steve Trimper decided to try Connolly behind the plate.

Now, in his junior year, Mike is a finalist for the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. As of April 29th, he also has a team-best 1.66 ERA.

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