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Bonck named top baseball player

Junior Nathan Bonck was named the top baseball player in Alaska.
Junior Nathan Bonck was named the top baseball player in Alaska.

Leif Svenson
Sports Editor

Kayhi junior Nathan Bonck was honored as the 2014-2015 Alaska Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one baseball player in each of the 50 states that exemplifies athletic and academic excellence. Bonck has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom throughout his high school career. In addition to donating his time locally for the Young Life faith-based ministry, he also has volunteered as a youth baseball coach and umpire. Bonck is the first student athlete from Kayhi’s baseball program to ever win the Gatorade Player of the Year.
The 6-foot 5-inch hard throwing lefty, who is verbally committed to Seattle University (Division I),  led the Kings to a 12-3 record and region title.  He has a 3-0 record with 1.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings this season. While playing outfield and first base, he has batted .489 with four home runs, 22 RBI and a .957 slugging percentage through 15 regular season games.
While Nathan said he is honored, keeping cool is important when heading into the state tournament on June 4 in Anchorage.
“I try not to get too big of a head because of an award like this,” said Bonck. “It’s great to be the player of the year, but I got the award because I was playing like I hadn’t won anything. So I am going to try and play like I have been all year.”
Aside from baseball, you will have to look out for the 195 pound pitcher participating in the King Salmon Derby as he enjoys fishing with his family in his spare time.
“I like fishing a lot,” Bonck said. “I don’t get to go very often, but I usually go with my family on our boat and it’s my favorite thing to do outside of baseball.”
He was born in Mobile, Alabama. Bonck moved to Gulfport, Mississippi when he was two. Around the age of 14, Bonck moved to Ketchikan, Alaska. He is the only boy in a home with his three sisters Gabi, Ella and Marta Bonck. His parents are Patrick Bonck and Rachel Cuevas.
The First Team All-Southeast Conference pitcher is only a junior, which means he has the chance to win the Gatorade Player of the year next year.