Wilmington natives Jordan Betts, Trevor Kelley, and Luke Tendler grew up battling each other on baseball diamonds.
Now, the three are teammates playing for the Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine.
"It's an anomaly to have three guys from the same area of 110,000 people playing on the same Double-A team in Portland, Maine," said Betts, who played at New Hanover High School.
Betts (Duke, 2014) and Kelley (North Carolina, 2015) were both drafted by the Red Sox out of college.
Tendler (N.C. A&T, 2014) was signed by the Red Sox during the offseason after spending the past three seasons in the Texas Rangers organization.
"Once Luke came over to the Red Sox, I reached out to him right away" said Kelley, who played at Ashley High School. "He was working out at the hitting facility that we have in Wilmington, and I was doing the same thing at the time. Having Jordan around and having Luke around, it's just comfortable here being away from home. It's nice having familiar faces."
The biggest transition for the trio has been playing in the sometimes frigid Maine temperatures.
"It's a big climate change for me, really for all of us, coming from spring training," said Tendler, who played at Laney High School. "Being hot every day to having snow on the field during the game. But it's still a lot of fun being around a couple of Wilmington boys each and every day."