Baseball – Raritan and Wall Deliver Week 6 Player and Pitcher of the Week Winners
Adrenaline Week 6 Player of the Week
Andrew Fischer, Wall
Fischer absolutely feasted last week for a Wall team that scored a whopping 50 runs in three wins over Freehold Boro (twice) and Red Bank. The junior slugger and Duke University commit was 5-for-7 with two walks and all five hits went for extra-bases: two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
The power surge led to seven RBI for Fischer over the course of the week, making him one of two players from the Crimson Knights to drive in seven runs during the week, with junior Nick Lovarco the other.
Fischer has been one of the Shore's top hitters since the start of the season, posting a slash line of .400/.602/.800 with 13 extra-base hits, 21 RBI, 25 runs and 31 walks drawn against only 13 strikeouts.
With 24 percent of the vote, Fischer won this week's award by a razor-thin margin, finishing five votes ahead of runner-up Ryan Turner of Brick Memorial.
Adrenaline Week 6 Pitcher of the Week
Chris Gonzalez, Raritan
Coming off a tough, extra-inning loss to Red Bank Catholic that essentially knocked Raritan out of the running for a share of the Class A Central title, the Rockets needed to bounce back the next day against Monmouth in the Monmouth County Tournament opening round.
The offense did not offer much against Falcons No. 1 starter Aiden Denton, but Gonzalez had his team covered. The senior fired a two-hit shutout with three walks and six strikeouts to pitch Raritan to a 1-0 win, earning a third meeting with Red Bank Catholic when the two teams meet in the MCT round of 16 next week.
Gonzalez also doubles as the team's shortstop when he is not on the mound and carried his quality pitching over into this week, when he pitched Raritan to a 9-3 road win over Delaware Valley in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II first round.
As the top voter-getter between the two contests, Gonzalez will receive a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River. He collected 26.5 percent of the vote to beat out four other performers who earned at least 13 percent: Brick Memorial's Cole Manfro (19 percent), Freehold Township's Matt Villapiano (16), Jackson Memorial's Zach Crotchfelt (15) and Donovan Catholic's Matt Colucci (13).
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