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Action speaks louder than words

Senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice prefers to let his play on the field lead the Hurricanes.

By KELLIE DIXON
Published March 13, 2007


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INVERNESS

When baseball season started, the infield looked a little different to Citrus shortstop Nick DelGuidice.

Gone were third baseman Cellin Neptune, second baseman Randy Hernandez and his brother and first baseman, Anthony DelGuidice. Each had graduated.

Nick DelGuidice was the only one left. At first, that shocked the senior. He had gotten used to hanging out with the upperclassmen and following their lead.

This season he realized it was his turn to guide the squad. And now that the shock has worn off, DelGuidice is doing so in his own way.

DelGuidice, who has signed to play with Lake Sumter Community College, leads the team with two home runs, a .400 batting average and an .850 slugging percentage. Defensively, he has an .889 fielding percentage in 52 innings.

He doesn't say much, and initially that concerned Citrus coach Jon Bolin. Bolin encouraged the four-year varsity player to be a little more outspoken in his guidance.

But that's just not who DelGuidice is, and soon Bolin realized that. DelGuidice seems to work better in one-on-one situations.

"When he sees the pitcher doing something that he feels needs to be corrected on a pickoff, he'll step in and correct it," Bolin said. "But as far as 'rah, rah,' that's just not really his style."

"I'd rather lead with the way that I play than talk," DelGuidice said. "When you lead with the way that you play, you either get it done or you don't. When you talk you've got to back it up and if you don't, you look bad."

DelGuidice isn't worried he'll fall short on his claims. He just doesn't see the point in adding that burden on his shoulders.

The one thing DelGuidice had no problem taking on was extra muscle. During the offseason, he added 20 pounds of it thanks to many afternoons working out at Main Street Gym in Crystal River. There he also got hooked on boxing, which improved his quickness, agility and footwork.

DelGuidice has no intention of getting hurt so sparring isn't an option, but he likes the quiet discipline of the sport. It helps him stay focused when it comes time to take the field.

Sophomore Brandin Barroso doesn't mind DelGuidice's quiet leadership style.

"He's like the glue," Barroso said. "He always jokes around. He makes plays when we need it."

Kellie Dixon can be reached at kdixon@sptimes.com or (352) 544-9480.

[Last modified March 12, 2007, 21:08:39]


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