Bonicki Named New England Player of the Year

Kyle Bonicki has been named 2017 New England Player of the Year by D3Baseball.com (Kevin Anderson photo).
Kyle Bonicki has been named 2017 New England Player of the Year by D3Baseball.com (Kevin Anderson photo).

Worcester, Mass. – After another record-breaking season, Clark University star infielder Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) has been named New England Player of the Year by D3Baseball.com it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by Managing Editor, Jim Dixon.

The award for Bonicki continues an impressive stretch of accolades and honors for the slick-fielding shortstop, who was also named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings First-Team All-Region as well as First-Team All-Conference for the second season in a row.

Bonicki had standout season in 2017, helping the Cougars to their first postseason appearance since 2010 and setting a school record for wins in a season (26).

He earned national recognition (D3Baseball.com Team of the Week) and regional honors (NEWMAC Player of the Week) during the season and at one point late in the year was leading the nation in doubles (20).

Bonicki finished the year ranked in the top ten in the NEWMAC in several statistical, including batting .391 (4th), scoring 50 runs (3rd), collecting 61 hits (3rd), smacking 20 doubles (1st), legging out seven triples (1st), swiping 12 bases (5th), posting an on-base percentage of .462 (5th) and a slugging percentage of .686 (3rd).

He had at least one hit in 33 of the 39 games this season, recorded 20 multi-hit games and had four separate hitting streaks of seven games or more.

In addition to those incredible numbers, Bonicki set single season school records in doubles (20), runs scored (50), at-bats (156) and total bases (107).

Overall, he holds school records for batting average (.402), hits (165), doubles (34), and on-base percentage (.482).

Both D3Baseball.com and the ABCA will release their All-America teams on Thursday. 

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