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Fisher Cats' Derrick Chung at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, on Thursday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Two years ago, Chung was a backup infielder for Class A Vancouver in the Northwest League. Wednesday night he made his second start behind the plate for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
“I was always a shortstop until the year before my last year in college,” Chung explained. “One of our coaches put me back there and said ‘Figure it out.’ Then they told me ‘You look pretty good. Let’s work on it.’”
“The hardest thing for me was balls in the dirt, because I was so used to just picking it with my (glove). I worked on blocking (the ball), but the first 10 games into that first season I wasn’t able to block it — I was still picking it. One day I blocked the ball and I was like, “Oh, this is how you do it.”
“I’m still trying to get better at pretty much everything I do,” Chung said. “I want to do the little things that the team needs to win a ball game. Just clean it up here and there, trying to get better every day.
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AT the start of Thursday night’s game, no fines or suspensions had been announced stemming from Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl in which eight players — five from New Hampshire and three from Altoona — and New Hampshire manager Bobby Meacham were ejected in the seventh inning of New Hampshire’s 6-5 victory.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE (29-41) entered Thursday’s game in last place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Altoona (26-42) was in last place in the Western Division. … Thursday night’s game marked the halfway point in the 142-game regular season. New Hampshire’s best record at the season’s midway point came in 2011, when the Fisher Cats were 44-27. The franchise’s worst record halfway through a season is 26-45 (2008 and 2012). … The Fisher Cats are on the road for their next six games: three in Trenton and three in Portland.