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Naomi Brookner/The Gazette
Kyle Maldonado, a catcher with the Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts, sits in the dugout at Montgomery Blair Stadium in Silver Spring before a July 1 doubleheader against the Herndon Braves. A resident of New Orleans and freshman at the University of New Orleans, Maldonado is living with a Silver Spring family while gaining valuable experience on his Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League team.