Baseball: Jefferson's Nelson Maldonado wins Wade Boggs Award



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Wed. May 20, 2015 | Rodney Page | Email

Baseball: Jefferson's Nelson Maldonado wins Wade Boggs Award

Jefferson senior Nelson Maldonado was presented the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award on Wednesday morning in a ceremony during the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners monthly meeting.

The award, now in its 10th year, is presented to a Hillsborough County baseball player who combines athletic, academic and community achievements. Maldonado is the first player from Jefferson to receive the award.

Strawberry Crest’s Mark Moclair and Alonso’s Peyton Woble were honorable mentions and also present at the ceremony.

“This is how you go about your business," Boggs said during the ceremony. “Not only on the field, putting up the numbers, but in the community as well. We’re not in any trouble going forward with these young men representing Hillsborough County."


Maldonado was a four-year starter for the Dragons. As a senior, he hit .458 with 20 RBIs, 11 doubles and three home runs. He has a 4.9 grade-point average and is committed to the University of Florida. Maldonado will be the first person in his family to attend college.

“My parents were never able to go to college and that was one of the things that motivated me," he said. “I wanted to go to college, whether it was through baseball or not. It made me work very hard."

Maldonado, who donned a bow tie for the ceremony, was with his parents and Jefferson coach Juan Fontela. Former Jefferson coach Pop Cuesta was also in attendance. Maldonado said winning the award was one of the highlights of his high school career.

"It’s something I’m very proud of," Maldonado said. “I know how much hard work it takes to win an award like this. I’m really honored to be here."

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