08/09/2010 3:13 PM
“I honestly didn’t see that one coming,” the Yarmouth-Dennis shortstop said. “It’s a nice award and it tops off a good regular season.”
Panik had a strong season on the Cape. He was named to the All-Star team and went 1-for-2 in the game at Fenway Park. The St. John’s sophomore played in 42 games for the East champion Red Sox, hitting .276, with two home runs and 19 RBI. He stole 11 bases without being caught.
Panik joins the likes of Matt LaPorta (Brewster), Carlos Pena (Wareham), Lou Merloni (Cotuit) and many others since the award was first presented in 1965. The award went on a short hiatus between 1969 and 1973, but it has been presented every season since.