Baseball – Colts Neck Duo Claims Week 7 Player and Pitcher of the Week
Adrenaline Week 7 Player of the Week
Brad Salamone, Colts Neck
Salamone has been a steady hitter for Colts Neck all season long, but during a big first week of tournament play, the junior was been on another level. In three tournament wins for Colts Neck – one in the Monmouth County Tournament and two in Central Jersey Group III – Salamone went a combined 7-for-9 with a home run and six RBI.
Colts Neck's starting left fielder drove in three while going 3-for-4 in a first-round win over Lawrence on Wednesday in the NJSIAA Tournament and the next day, he homered and drove in two in an MCT win over Ocean.
Moving into the week that just past, Salamone also made a big diving catch in the seventh inning of Colts Neck's 3-2, walk-off classic against Northern Burlington in the Central Group III final.
Salamone is the overall winner this week with 45 percent of the Player of the Week vote, which entitles him to a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River. Marlboro's Frank Talarico (14 percent) and Point Beach's Andrew Banick (13) were distant challengers in the voting.
Adrenaline Week 7 Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Spencer, Colts Neck
Spencer was hittable in a low-pressure relief scenario in Colts Neck’s 7-4, first-round win over Lawrence in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV Playoffs but was back on his game as a starter Saturday against Middletown North.
Spencer allowed one run on six hits and no walks while striking out eight to improve to 6-0 while facing a Lions team that exploded for 11 runs in a round-one win over Ocean. Spencer also had a big week at the plate, going 4-for-13 with three doubles and six RBI in four Colts Neck wins.
Last week, Spencer pitched three innings of scoreless relief in a win over Allentown that took three days to play, which clinched the Cougars a spot in the Central Jersey Group III final. The sophomore right-hander is the likely starter for Colts Neck in Monday's Group III semifinal game against South Jersey champion Ocean City.
Spencer picked up 27 percent of the pitching vote to edge Manchester sophomore Joe Sclama (24 percent), while both Jack Frankovic of CBA (16) and Thomas Wright of St. John Vianney (15) cracked double-digit percentages.
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