For John Jay softball's Danielle Bonici, the game day routine works

Staten Island Advance—April 15, 2010

Danielle Bonici's hot hitting at John Jay College has lasted about four years.

Her secret is simple.

"I have to eat Wheaties in the morning of days we have games, I have to listen to the same songs, and I can't step on the white line," said Bonici. "The team will make fun of me. If I get a hit they will say, 'I guess she ate her Wheaties.'"

Bonici was named the CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery student-athlete of the month for not just her high batting average, but a 3.4 grade point average as a criminal justice major.

The irony of the award is that she had offseason shoulder surgery on her rotator cuff and labrum at Hospital for Special Surgery.

That's not an easy recovery for a shortstop.

"There was pain, every throw, every swing," said Bonici. "But I decided I was going to play until I couldn't play anymore."

Now she says she's pain-free thanks to Dr. Frank Cordasco and trainer Michelle Laboski, who did her physical therapy.

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