HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Cruz pushes his team into Northeast-10 baseball final

Manny Cruz, SNHU baseball

SNHU athletics

The former Wolcott and Wilby standout put Southern New Hampshire University baseball within a win of a Northeast-10 Tournament championship with his bat and his glove on Friday.
Cruz drove in two runs in an 8-2 victory over Pace in the winner’s bracket semifinal, but his defense may have been even bigger.
According to the story posted on the SNHU baseball website, Cruz saved a bunch of runs with his “stellar defense”. Cruz was always an all-around player in high school, and that continues at SNHU.
Cruz went 1-for-2 in the Pace game with two RBI, two walks and a run scored. He has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games, and he’ll try to keep the torrid pace going tomorrow. SNHU needs one win to clinch the title. They play the winner of Pace/Saint Rose tomorrow. SNHU set a program record for wins in a season with its 44th on Friday.
Cruz had a solid regular season and was named second team All-Northeast-10. 

Kyle Bonicki, Clark baseball

Clark University athletics

“After what some may call the best single season in program history…”
Any time a story leads in like that, you know you’ve done well.
Bonicki, a Chase Collegiate graduate and Clark University sophomore, earned first team All-NEWMAC honors, according to Clark’s website.
Let’s start off with a ridiculous stat. Bonicki had at least one hit in 36 of the 39 games he played in. That’s consistency.
Bonicki set single-season school records in batting average (.466), runs scored (46), stolen bases (21), on-base percentage (.549), hits (68) and total bases (87). More than half of his games ended in a multi-hit efforts (22 of 39).
Multi-game hit streaks are great, but at one point this year, Bonicki had a hit in eight consecutive at bats. That’s nuts.
Bonicki was also solid on defense. Clark, trying to build a contending program, won 18 games this season, the most in program history. 

Emily Cintorino, WCSU softball

WCSU athletics

The former Bristol Central right-hander was named second team All-Little East Conference in her final season at Western Connecticut State University.
Through Friday’s NCAA loss, Cintorino has pitched in 30 games, including 22 starts. She has a 10-11 record, a 2.29 ERA and nine complete games. Cintorino doesn’t strike out a ton of batters (82 in 143.2 innings), but she also doesn’t give up home runs (2 all year).
In a first round LEC Tournament game, Cintorino helped push along a WCSU rally with her bat. Her single loaded the bases, then was followed by back-to-back doubles to complete a wild four-run rally and a 6-5 victory over UMass Dartmouth.
Cintorino started both the first round and semifinal games of the LEC Tournament. WCSU won the LEC to wrap up an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Colonials lost their first game in the NCAA today, meaning they need to win tomorrow to stay alive.

Josh Unkrich, Roger Williams golf

Roger Williams athletics

The former Bristol Eastern standout was also a standout in his sophomore season with the Roger Williams University men’s golf team.
Unkrich earned first team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference honors. He played a big role in getting the Hawks to the CCC Championship. There was a qualifier for the CCC tourney, and all Unkrich did was tie for first place. Another solid finish came at the Rhode Island College Invitational, where he tied for second. 
Unkrich was a solid golfer for Greg Boulanger at Bristol Eastern. He was a four-time All-CCC South selection. 

Kyle Pileski, Framingham State baseball

Framingham State athletics

The sophomore earned second team All-MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) honors after being among the team leaders in several offensive categories.
Pileski tied for the team lead in RBI (27) and runs scored (21) while finishing third in stolen bases (12). Pileski was caught just three times in 15 stolen base attempts.
On defense, the former Bristol Central standout played a solid first base and outfield. Pileski faced 168 chances, had 162 put-outs, two assists and just four errors.
Pileski was an All-CCC South selection as a senior at Bristol Central. He was a key hitter in the lineup, and he did a great job patrolling right field.

Information compiled from the team websites of each school.