For the past four years, #42 has patrolled the outfield at Oil City Stadium for CCSJ’s baseball team. Now the Thornton Fractional North High School alum prepares for a new chapter in his life as he will be graduating following this spring semester. Senior Mikyl Fleming who most know him as “Mickey” has been a key player for the Crimson Wave during his time at CCSJ.
As his days as a student-athlete come to an end, Fleming reflects on his experience as a student athlete.
“These four years at CCSJ have been exactly what I wanted it to be. I’ve progressed and grown as a student, an athlete, and as an individual since I came here as a freshman. I went from being a kid from Chicago that hated school and was clueless about what I wanted to do next, to now being the first one in my family to graduate college and start my career.”
Fleming says his best memories are those spent with his baseball teammates on the annual spring trip. “Our road trips to Mississippi and New Orleans every year gave us all a chance to come out of our shells and really got to know each other. From walking around Bourbon Street, video games in hotel rooms, even rap battles, and just the whole experience of being with my brothers for two weeks traveling from city to city is something that I will never forget.”
Some of his fellow senior teammates spoke highly of Fleming. “Mickey has a lot of heart. He comes ready to work day in and day out, always giving it his all. He’s been a great teammate and I wish him the best and I will miss playing with him” said CCSJ Third Baseman Joe Romero. Pitcher Sergio Esquivia, who has played with Fleming since their freshman year in high school, says he’s seen the growth in Mickey’s game over the years. “I’ve seen him at his best and at his worst. He has developed into a pretty good ball player from when I first met him.” Esquivia also talked about Fleming’s leadership and how being his teammate has impacted him. “He has always led by example. Never making excuses and always motivating his teammates to perform at their best. Playing with him these past eight years together has been a blessing.
Not many people can say they have played alongside their best friend for years at both the high school and collegiate level. He’s been there with me from the beginning of my career so I couldn’t have asked for any other way to go out than us hanging up our cleats together.”
Like most ball players, Fleming says he will miss playing the sport as well as his teammates but what he will miss most is getting ready for game day. “Getting to the field at 9am for a 12pm game, getting tapped up while listening to good music. Taking “in and out” with my teammates right before the game, always jumping over the foul line for good luck when I take the field. All the things that remind me of when I was a kid first learning the game is what I will miss most.”
After graduating, Fleming plans to get a job and a year later return to school to get his Master’s Degree in Psychology.
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