Baseball – Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Week 2 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Week 2 Player of the Week
Justin Levito, Marlboro
Marlboro’s climb to No. 3 in the Monmouth County Tournament and No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 was thanks to wins over CBA and Manalapan, both of which Levito was an integral part. He hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to hand CBA its only loss and was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Manalapan. His big game, however, was a two-homer, eight-RBI outburst against St. John Vianney on Saturday – arguably the best game any Shore player has turned in this season. For the week, the slick-fielding shortstop and Sacred Heart commit hit 7-for-16 (.437) with three doubles, two homers, seven runs scored and nine RBI.
Levito captured the second Player of the Week Award of 2018 by drawing more 46.7 percent of the 14,735 votes cast, which beat out Point Pleasant Beach two-way standout John Nista (39.6 percent) by a little more than 1,000 votes.
Week 2 Pitcher of the Week
Ryan Bearse, Howell
Last week was a very offensive-oriented week throughout the Shore Conference, so a lot of the candidates for the overall pitcher of the week and players like Bearse, who had a strong showing on the mound, as well as some highlights at the plate. The Rebels junior earned the win against Colts Neck with two innings of relief and pitched the seventh to earn the save against red-hot Marlboro. He closed up the week with four scoreless innings against Manchester for his second win of the week. Through the first two weeks of the season, Bearse appeared on the mound in three of Howell's first five games and in the other two - losses to Neptune and Freehold Townshship - he homered in one and went 2-for-4 in the other.
Bearse won the latest Pitcher of the Week honor with 43.6 percent of the 21,286 votes cast. Mater Dei right-hander Brandon Sansone came in second with 33.68 percent of the vote and Raritan junior right-hander Jake Tennant collected 14.5 percent to finish third.
2018 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners