Baseball – Week 5 Player and Pitcher of the Week Winners
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Week 5 Player of the Week
Anthony Guarino, Monmouth
Although Monmouth opened the week by losing to St. Rose in the Monmouth County Tournament quarterfinals, the Falcons had a strong showing last week that included a 3-0 performance within the division. Guarino led the way, going 6-for-15 in four games with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI. The senior third baseman's home run came in a 17-6 rout of Middletown North.
Guarino finished just 22 votes shy of nailin down exactly 50 percent of the 21,480 votes cast in the Player of the Week poll. This week's poll turned into a two-horse race, with Jackson Liberty sophomore Brandon Kinsman finishing second at 41 percent.
Pitcher of the Week
Sam Collins, Point Pleasant Boro
Collins pitched two complete games last week, winning one and taking a hard-luck loss in the other. He beat Pinelands o May 1 and came back on Sunday to allow only two runs in a 2-1 loss to Toms River East in the Ocean County Tournament quarterfinals. For the week, Collins allowed three runs on 15 hits while walking none and striking out 13 over 14 innings.
Collins won the Week Five Pitcher of the Week award with 39.7 percent of the 6,448 votes cast, beating out Raritan senior Dan VanMeerbeke, who picked up 30.6 percent. Greg Bender of Mater Dei also made a push with 16.55 percent of the voting pool.
2018 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners