Brenton Tidd, perhaps more than many Paducah Chiefs this summer, seems at home with his surroundings coming from Kennett, Missouri -- 126 miles southwest of Paducah and 53 miles northeast of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Having just finished his first season at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Tidd has already improved on his .200 average while facing similar pitching.
"My family gets to come up here and watch me all the time," said Tidd, who entering the week hitting .241 in 29 at-bats for the Chiefs. "It's not much of a change, at all."
It helps that Tidd, like his teammates, is here for the same thing.
"We're all here to get at-bats," he said.
"We're just trying to get better. Joe (Chiefs manager Joe Hall) has really helped me with my swing and just the way I play the game. I'm really thankful for him. I've tweaked my swing in little ways and I feel like it's made me a better hitter."
The team chemistry, he said, also has been a major factor in his development this summer.
"We all bonded really well," Tidd said.
When his baseball days are done, he wants to trade his baseball glove and jersey for a pair of latex gloves and scrubs.
"I'm a nursing major," Tidd said. "I plan to go to a Division I (school for baseball), and hopefully that works out. After the baseball career and everything is over, I want to do something in the medical field.
"I've always enjoyed helping people. In high school, I went and got my CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) certification. I enjoy doing all of that."