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UC Irvine's Caden Kendle (UCI Athletics)

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Golden Spikes Spotlight: UC Irvine’s Kendle more than just pure hitter

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Had the Blue Line Trolley been passing by at that moment, it would’ve been the Black-and-Blue Trolley.

That’s because UC Irvine center fielder Caden Kendle – playing his first series as a full-fledged collegiate starter – smashed a mammoth home run on April 10, 2022, a shot that landed on the train tracks at UC San Diego, some 465 feet from home plate.

“Caden is a hard-nosed guy who crushes baseballs,” UC Irvine hitting coach J.T. Bloodworth said. “He has brute strength.”

But Kendle, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound righthanded hitter, is more than just strong. He’s a pure hitter who was[…]

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