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As a long-time LSU and baseball fan, Caleb Vines of Vidalia always dreamed of playing in Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
But never would he have figured like this.
The Louisiana College freshman was part of the Wildcat team that fell to LSU 10-2 in Baton Rouge on April 3.
"It was like a dream come true," Vines said of the experience. "It was pretty exciting."
Vines, who has mainly seen action pinch-running and playing in the outfield, did not enter the contest. But it didn't make the experience any less of a thrill.
"Everything was different there," he said. "It was a lot more fans, the adrenaline was pumping a lot more and it just made you want to play your best. We were eager to play them. We felt we could match up a little bit. And in baseball you can never tell what's going to happen."
Vines has played in five games, scored one run, but has not gotten an at bat.
"It's taken some getting used to," said Vines, who batted .378 last year for the Vikings, leading the team in home runs with 16. He also led the team with 31 runs and 23 stolen bases.
"Hopefully my batting will pick up," Vines said. "I feel like I have a good shot at a starting spot next season. It's been a learning experience."
Vines has been playing left field for the Wildcats.
"The speed of the game is faster and the pitching is a lot better," Vines said. "In high school you see pitchers throwing in the low 80s. You see 85-to-90 pretty much all the time here. And the curve ball has a lot more break to it."
Vines said there is also a difference playing in the outfield at Louisiana College.
"It's hit a lot higher and a lot harder," he said. "I've had to make a few adjustments."
Vines said he enjoys it at the Pineville school.
"I like the coaches and everybody on the team really gets along well," he said. "I'm enjoying being here."
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