Denison wins player of the week

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Troy outfielder Joey Denison was named the New England Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week on Monday.

Denison, who is a member of the Upper Valley Nighthawks, is the team’s first ever recipient of the award.

“It’s awesome and a really high honor,” Denison said. “It’s really awesome to be able to get that award.”

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Denison ended the week batting a league high .560 with 14 hits, five doubles and one triple. He leads the league in OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) and finished in second in homeruns with two (per NECBL).

“It was a really good week for me,” Denison said. “I was seeing the ball really well. I was driving the ball, and it was a really good week of baseball for me.”

Denison who finished his college season at Troy on a tear, has carried that over into this summer. The rising senior is second in the NECBL in hitting with a .390 average. He also sits in third place in RBIs with 11 and his 23 overall hits are good enough for highest in the NECBL.

“It has carried over into the summer,” Denison said. “I picked up right where I left off during the season. I may even be playing better baseball.”

With just over a month left in the regular season, Denison hopes to continue getting quality experience while be surrounded by high-end talent.

“I feel like it is really important to get these games under my belt,” Denison said. “I am gaining experience and figuring my swing out.

“It’s good for because I can see these guys that are doing well at their universities. Just being able to have success against them gives me some confidence.”