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(Posted 10 p.m., March 8)
Orléans native is making noise in the bluegrass state
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former Béatrice-Desloges graduate Chris Bisson is the starting second basemen and lead-off hitter in only his second year at the University of Kentucky. UK photo


It’s been almost two years since Orléans native Chris Bisson signed a scholarship to play Division 1 baseball at the University of Kentucky.

While most kids barely get off the bench during their freshman year, Bisson, who went to Béatrice-Desloges high school, started in 15 games and got to the plate 51 times. Although his batting average was only .157, he stole three of six bases and had a .920 fielding average primarily at second and third base.

During the summer he played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and put up impressive numbers including a .301 batting average. He had eight extra base hits including three homers and 18 RBI. He also stole 17 of 18 bases and led his team in drawing walks with 25.

The experience did wonders for his confidence and coming into the Wildcats training camp he was determined to make a much larger contribution to the club offensively.

Through the first six games of the season, which opened on Feb. 20, he had eight hits in 23 at bats for a .348 batting average. He also had seven RBIs

In a game against Western Michigan on March 1, he went 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. But the best was yet to come. Three days later he went 3-for-4 against Eastern Kentucky and hit a two out, two run walk-off dinger in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Wildcats to a 9-8 win over the Colonels.

It was Bisson’s first career homerun for the Wildcats and it couldn’t have come at a better moment.

As he strolled to the plate he thought back to a game last year in which a teammate hit a walk-off homerun.

“That kind of inspired me because I got to sit and be a part of that last year,” Bisson told reporters after the game. “I really wanted to come in and just put a good swing on the ball.”

Just 19-years-old and all of 5-foot-11 and 185 lbs., Bisson absolutely hammered the first pitch.

“He crushed it,” Wildcats’ head coach Gary Henderson said after the game. “That was a no-doubt home run, a ball that gets out of any park in the nation, not just ours.”

Bisson followed up his impressive performance against Eastern Kentucky, by going 4-for-5 in a win over Indiana State on Thursday and improving his hitting streak to eight games since the start of the season.

Unfortunately, the streak came to an end against ISU yesterday when he failed to get a hit in five at bats, although he did contribute an RBI in the Wildcats 5-0 win.

Bisson would no doubt love to one day represent his country at the World Baseball Classic, which is being played out this month in the United States, but for now he’s concentrating on helping the Wildcats make it to the Southeast Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Regional tournament which is something a Wildcat team hasn’t done since 2006.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., March 7)

 

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