HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates College baseball team had three players named All-NESCAC, tying for the second-most such awards in team history, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference released its All-Conference Teams on Friday.
Senior shortstop Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) earned his second First Team All-NESCAC nod after a one-year hiatus, while sophomore catcher Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) was also named to the First Team. Junior third baseman and outfielder Kevin Davis (North Andover, Mass.) received Second Team All-NESCAC recognition.
Following an injury-dampened junior season, Sonberg returned to form as an offensive leader for the Bobcats, batting a team-high .355, while also ranking first on the team with 50 hits and 30 runs. Sonberg chipped in with 11 doubles, two home runs and a slugging percentage of .489, all good for second-best on the team. He was 13th in the conference in batting average, tied for seventh in the NESCAc in homers, and ranked 11th in the legue in slugging.
Hyde, making his first appearance on the All-Conference team, was the clear choice as the top receiver in the conference -- no other catcher was named to the all-conference first or second teams. After a solid rookie season, Hyde picked up where he left off, putting together a .324 batting average, with 33 hits, 17 RBIs and a .471 slugging percentage, while leading the team with three home runs. Hyde tied for third in the NESCAC in homers and ranked 15th in slugging percentage (.471). He appeared in 18 games behind the plate for the Bobcats, sporting an impressive .980 fielding percentage. Hyde also appeared in six games as an outfielder, where he was error-free for the season.
Davis piled up the hits, especially doubles, as the season went on, and finished just a point shy of Sonberg for the team's leading batting average, at .354. His 18 doubles rank first in the conference and represent Bates' team record, three more than any other player's season in team history. Davis drove in 32 runs on the year, the most by a Bobcat since 2010 and tying him for fourth in the NESCAC. His team-high slugging percentage of .513 ranks sixth in the conference. Davis is a two-sport standout at Bates: he was the leading receiver on the football team in the fall, with 30 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns.