Baseball – Manchester Twp.’s Home-Run Hero Claims Final Player of the Week Award in 2021
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Sean McAllister, Manchester
The final Player of the Week award in 2021 goes to the player who hit what is, safe to say, the most clutch home run of the now-completed Shore Conference baseball season.
With his team down to its last strike and the tying and winning runs standing at second base and first base against Delran on Friday, McAllister and Manchester were teetering on the fence between extending the South Jersey Group II title game and watching its Cinderella run come to an end. On a 2-2 pitch, McAllister not only extended the game, but he won it with a rocket over the left-field fence for a dramatic, three-run home run.
Sophomore Frank Kern closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 7-5 win for the Hawks over Delran, giving Manchester its first sectional championship since 2003. McAllister had a big sectional championship game overall, going 2-for-3 with a double, home run, a sacrifice fly, four RBI and two runs scored in the landmark victory for the program.
McAllister's championship performance was the highlight of an impressive showing during tournament play for Manchester. Between the Shore Conference, Ocean County and NJSIAA Group II Tournaments, Manchester participated in nine tournament games and in those games, McAllister went 9-for-29 (.310) with three doubles, a home run, six runs and a team-high 13 RBI to help the Hawks go 6-3 in those games.
In a field of clutch performers, McAllister beat out Colts Neck walk-off hero Dave Cohen and Middletown South senior two-way standout Matt Pontari with 31 percent of the votes cast.
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