Baseball – Kuhl of Brick Township and Jones of Rumson-Fair Haven Capture Week 5 Awards
Adrenaline Week 5 Player of the Week
Christian Kuhl, Brick
Last week was a huge offensive stretch for Brick, which had four players (Kuhl, Matt Kunzman, Ryan Duffy and Brian Yakovchuk) post an OPS of at least 1.500 in at least 10 plate appearances. It was Kuhl who got the nod as the A South Player of the Week and it was also Kuhl who won the overall Player of the Week in the entire Shore Conference.
Kuhl separated himself from his peers both within and outside of his team by crushing a pair of home runs during his big week, with the two long balls coming in consecutive games against Souther. In total, Kuhl went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two homers team-highs in RBI (seven) and OPS (1.648) for the week.
Kuhl captured the most votes between the two Player of the Week polls and will receive a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River. The Brick senior beat out runner-up Chris Ellison of Howell with 25 percent of the vote to Ellison's 22.
Adrenaline Week 5 Pitcher of the Week
Charlie Jones, Rumson-Fair Haven
No pitcher in the Shore Conference has embraced the big game more than Jones, who has been the starting pitcher in two of the biggest wins of the season by any team in the Shore Conference.
Back on May 8, he went toe-to-toe with Shane Panzini for seven innings, which gave Rumson a chance to pull out a 3-1 win over Red Bank Catholic in 10 innings. This past Saturday, the Bulldogs junior squared off against Jackson Memorial ace Matt Potok and, with the help of a lineup that caught fire in the fifth inning, Jones handed Potok his first career loss as a high-school pitcher in a 5-2 Rumson win.
While was not the cleanest game for Jones (five walks, six strikeouts), he kept in check a dangerous Jackson Memorial lineup by limiting the Jaguars to only three hits and no extra-base hits. Jones also has a win over Central Regional, making it three ranked teams that Rumson has defeated when Jones has pitched.
Jones collected 21 percent of the vote to win last week's award, beating out Freehold Boro's Nick Terefenko and Jackson Liberty's Chris Sasso, both of whom tied for second at 15 percent of the votes cast.
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