NEW BRITAIN, CT - In a season
where New Britain is fighting
for the second and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division, all eyes
been on the standings as well as on first baseman Chris Colabello's
reach the 100 RBI mark for the first time in franchise history.
outfielder Aaron Hicks quietly snuck up on a couple of franchise
records of his
On Saturday night, Hicks etched his
name into the New
Britain record books as the all-time single-season leader in both runs
The 23-year-old tied the franchise
mark in runs
scored when he crossed
the plate with his 96th run of the season on
Friday night. He tied
the mark previously set by Jason Bartlett in 2003 and Doug Mientkiewicz
"It's an honor," said Hicks. "Those
guys are terrific big
league players and for me to tie them in runs scored really means a
Hicks matched the record in style,
crossing the plate on a
Chris Herrmann walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. The run gave
Rock Cats the victory and kept the team's playoff hopes alive another
" We're just trying to get into that
playoff push. For me
breaking records, it's an honor to be considered a guy who holds a
It's fun," said Hicks.
His biggest moment came on Saturday
night. With a playoff
berth on the line and where one loss could end the season for the Rock
Hicks came through with a huge night at the plate. Needing one triple
the franchise mark, he delivered two triples for 11 total on the season
cement his name into the record books as the
all-time single-season franchise triples
leader. The previous record of 10 was held by three players - Cleatus
Trent Oeltjen and Roberto Zambrano.
Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith pointed
out that Hicks has been
among the top players for the Rock Cats all season long. Hicks, a 2008
first round draft pick, is having a career year, batting .288 with 13
home runs, 98 runs scored, 58 RBI and 32 stolen bases.
"Hicks has been doing fantastic all
season. You can't get much
better than the way he's been playing," said Smith. "Hopefully he
In a moment that exemplified the 2012
Rock Cats team unity,
Hicks was quick to add that he couldn't have accomplished his runs
without his teammates.
"I just want to thank my teammates,"
said Hicks. "Those are
the guys who drove me in and allowed me to get those runs."
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.