The morning after helping his team win its first FCIAC championship since 2011, Staples’ Chad Knight was named the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year.
“The award is such a great honor, but at the same time it belongs to my teammates as much as it does to me,” Knight said. “That’s just a reflection of not just how good of a team we are this year but how great a program Staples is.”
Heading into the FCIAC semifinals, Knight was batting .554, with 10 home runs, 23 RBIs and a slugging percentage of 1.179.
Knight follows former teammate Ben Casparius, who won the award two years ago.
Knight was named the most valuable player after pitching a two-hitter in the Wreckers’ 2-1 win last night over Fairfield Ludlowe in the conference final.
“It has been a great last 24 hours,” Knight said. “Just being able to share that championship with my teammates and winning the way we did, with a couple of kids in the bottom of the lineup coming through and helping us win the title.
Knight, who will play at Duke next year, has a 3.78 grade point average.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by coaches or fans for my performance on the field, but I’m a competitor,” Knight said. “I just love playing baseball and to be recognized for how I play it, I’m truly fortunate.