Baseball – All-Shore Final Vote Winners
The results are in and the 2017 All-Shore Baseball Team is complete after the Shore Sports Network readers voted for three more members over the last five days. Two teammates from one of the Shore’s surprise teams in 2017 won the hitter and pitcher votes, respectively, while another two-way player from one of the Shore’s five 20-win teams this past year joins them. Thanks to everyone who cast one of the more than 15,000 votes and congratulations to the newest All-Shore selections.
Marcos Matias, Jr., OF, Southern
Matias was the impact junior on a team loaded with seniors – seven in the everyday starting lineup and three in the starting rotation. The junior outfielder tied senior teammate and second-team All-Shore catcher Nolan Watson for the team lead in extra-base hits with 13 and led the Rams in doubles (11). Those 11 doubles were also good for eighth in the Shore Conference, tied with Toms River North shortstop Mike Nyisztor and Point Pleasant Beach slugger Kevin Donnelly. Matias had two 3-for-3 games during the year – one opening day against Brick Memorial that included two doubles and another against Class A South champion Toms River South in a May 4 loss.
Zach Fillmore, Sr., LHP, Southern
Fillmore started the season as Southern’s left-handed horse at the top of the rotation and successfully re-invented himself when a bout of elbow soreness interrupted his campaign. Following a forgettable opening-day appearance in a win over Brick Memorial, Fillmore rattled off six consecutive strong outings that helped him climb to 5-0. He pitched a complete game to beat No. 1 Tom River North on April 10, struck out 11 in a three-hit shutout vs. Brick Memorial on April 27, and pitched an eight-inning complete game against Jackson Memorial in which he allowed one unearned run. He exited a loss to Lacey on May 20 with elbow soreness, but returned in a NJSIAA sectional quarterfinal win over Jackson Memorial in a relief role – one he reprised in each of Southern’s subsequent tournament wins that helped secure the program’s first sectional championship in 50 years.
Brandon Haggerty, Sr., 1B/LHP, Lacey
In 2017, the Lacey offense began to carry its weight and the result was a 21-win season that exceeded anything in recent vintage for the Lions program. Haggerty was among the team’s most productive hitters, finishing first on the team in slugging percentage and tied for third in the entire Shore Conference with five home runs. The senior went deep against Manchester and Donovan Catholic during divisional play, cracked a grand slam in a key 13-2 win over Class B North champion Monmouth Regional, homered against Point Beach in an Ocean County Tournament win, and ended his year with a homer in a 5-2 loss to Highland Regional in the South Jersey Group III semifinals. Haggerty was 3-for-3 in the last game of the season and also went 4-for-4 during Lacey’s two-game stay in the OCT.
Final Voting Results