During his high school career, Chris Kidd was a standout in several sports.
The senior was a starter and a solid leader for Berea Community’s basketball and soccer teams for several years.
Still, it was another sport that always held a special place in his life.
“I love baseball,” Kidd said. “It’s been my passion my whole life.”
Kidd starting earning playing time at the high school varsity level as a seventh-grader and has played a big role in the recent success of the Berea baseball program.
On Tuesday, the senior signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Berea College.
“This has been my dream ever since I was young — to play college baseball.” Kidd said. “I’m getting to both stay at home and play college baseball.”
In the four years prior to Kidd joining the varsity squad (2003-2006), the Pirates won a total of five games.
In the past six years, Kidd has been a part of 57 wins and was a starter on two teams that advanced to the 11th Region Tournament.
“Chris has been an integral part of the resurrection and eventual perennial success of the Pirate baseball program,” Berea coach Bill Smallwood said. “As our tablesetter in the leadoff spot, Chris has been right square in the middle of our success since he came on the scene five years ago. His maturity over the last year or so has allowed him to be a leader on and off the field. Berea College is very lucky to have him as part of their baseball and college family.”
Kidd has started at several different position during his high school career, including catcher, pitcher, shortstop, outfield and third base. The senior has a career batting average of .321, has scored 71 runs, has 52 career RBIs and has 78 stolen bases.
Kidd has also been presented an opportunity to play soccer at Berea College, but his focus is on baseball.
“I will be playing outfield most likely,” Kidd said. “I’m a decent hitter, so hopefully I can help them that way as well. Wherever they want me.”
Kidd is the latest Madison County standout to sign with Berea College. Former Madison Central players Lance Sheets (junior) and Austin Hunt (sophomore) are also on the squad and Central senior Logan Hunt also recently sign with the Mountaineers.
“It will definitely be good to play with a lot of homegrown guys,” Kidd said.
In addition to his on-field success, Kidd is an excellent student who is involved in many extra-circular activities. He is the Senior Class President, a member of the student council and also a member of the Pep Club and the Ping Pong Club.