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26 Titans in 26 Days. # 13-Ryan Sonberg-Infield-Bates College- Windsor, CT- Sophomore.

POSTED April 23, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

26 Titans in 26 Days. # 13 Ryan Sonberg-Infield-Bates College- Windsor, CT- Sophomore.

Ryan Sonberg- Bates College- Bat (R) Throw (R)- SS/2B- Windsor, CT- Sophomore

Titans Outlook: Manager Gregg Hunt believes he has found another quality piece to an already solid offensive and defensive unit up the middle in the infield in Sonberg.

The sophomore shortstop is lighting things up for the Bobcats this spring and is currently batting .347.

He has 26 hits in 75 at bats with five doubles and three triples to go along with his 10 RBI’s.

When reached on Saturday afternoon, Sonberg and his team had just pulled out a 6-4 win over Trinity in a seven inning game.

Sonberg had delivered the game tying double in the top of the sixth to get his team in position for the rain soaked win.

“When we heard about Ryan,” Hunt said, “We heard he wanted to get into a high level summer baseball league. We think can be a top of the order guy for us.”

A local Connecticut kid from Windsor who played at Suffield Academy, Sonberg can play either second or short, giving the Titans three solid options up the middle with Adam Claire and Josh Simms.

“I definitely wanted to play in a very competitive league this summer,” Sonberg said, “My coach Mike Leonard, used to play in the NECBL and thought this new Futures League would be a good fit for me.”

After starting the season in the middle of the Bobcats lineup, Sonberg was moved up to the leadoff spot on March 26 and hasn’t left it since.

“I started the season in the six hole when we were down in Texas,” Sonberg said, “But when we got up here, my coach moved me to the leadoff spot and I’ve done well. I was a leadoff hitter all the way through high school.”

At Suffield Academy, Sonberg was a four-year starter at either second or short, was team captain in his junior and senior years and made the All-Western New England Prep School team in his last two years.

His teams at Suffield Academy were no strangers to the post season, having made it to the semi-finals twice during his time on the team.

He described himself as a right handed hitter who likes to go to the opposite field; that is until he found out about the likeable, 310-foot porch in leftfield at Fuessenich Park.

“I may have to pull the ball sometimes,” Sonberg said.

His ability to get on base via a walk or a hit has been a extreme positive for Bates since the move.

-Was 2-2 with a walk and two runs scored against Thomas College in a 5-0 win on April 18.

-Went 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-3 loss to Trinity on March 26.

Sports a .967 fielding percentage form the shortstop position and his on base percentage is a solid one at .432.

Add to that a slugging mark of .493 and it looks like the Titans have a keeper in this CT native who played at Suffield Academy.


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