Unionville’s Peter Hissey could call the hallowed outfield of Fenway Park home some day.
By Dave Conard Sports Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com
TRENTON—In a month when Kennett and Unionville youngsters of all ages are competing in their respective district and state playoffs whether it be Cal Ripken or Little league, it is only fitting that one of the area’s finest standout players in the last decade made his return to the area this past weekend.
Peter Hissey, a 2008 graduate of Unionville High School, is getting the opportunity to live his dream, and the dream of so many kids braving the summer heat for a chance to win a championship, every day as a member of the Boston Red Sox AA affiliate Portland Seadogs.
Hissey, who has fully recovered from a broken hand earlier this season, posted a 3-for 4 performance at the plate Saturday night, as the Seadogs invaded Trenton to play the New York Yankees affiliate Thunder in a three game set.
“I feel great and am fully healed,” said Hissey after Monday’s series finale in which he got to square off against one of the top prospects in the Yankees system in David Phelps, who struck out 12 in a hard pitch count rehab start. “It’s a dream come true to be playing at this level and I am focused right now on doing the best I can every time I am in the lineup.”
The speedy outfielder, which used to terrorize Ches-Mont league pitchers, has worked his way up through the farm system over the past two seasons, since being selected in the 4th round of the 2008 draft.
After spending last year at A Advanced Salem, Hissey has laid claim to a regular position in the outfield for the Seadogs, posting a .286 batting average and a .333 on base percentage, while appearing in 28 games thus far which could result in a call from AAA Pawtucket at any time.
“At this level we don’t spend much time tweaking mechanics of my swing,” added Hissey. “I have to approach it that I will get roughly 100 at bats in any month and take each one as they come. Confidence is such a big factor, if I had to tell the kids out there one thing, it would be to keep your head up no matter how one game goes, you have to have confidence in your self.”
Since getting back in full swing, following his injury, Hissey has been on a 7-for-20 tear at the plate (.350 BA) and has provided Portland with solid defense as he has committed just one error all season and is one of the best fielders in the Eastern League.
“I think one of the highlights thus far has been when we had some of the guys who were rehabbing from the big club Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis here with us, they were great and really tried to help and share their experiences with us,” added Hissey.
Taking the field for them when they came out was pretty special, of course the dream is to play in Fenway Park on the big club,” said Hissey. “Right now, I have to stay focused on each at bat and the rest will take care of itself, the city of Portland is amazing and I love being there, They treat their team very well and it’s 80 degrees up there right now, I can’t wait to get back there.”
Check back with the UnionvilleTimes.com for our “Top of the Tribe” profile on Peter Hissey to run on Friday.
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