Baseball – Sophomores from Matawan and Shore Claim Week 7 Baseball Awards
Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 7 Player of the Week
Andrew Gendi, Matawan
In his first varsity season, Gendi has been a dependable two-way player for Matawan, which he continued to be in two Huskies wins last week.
Gendi went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and four RBI at the plate in the two victories over Holmdel and Franklin, buoyed by a 3-for-3 game with two doubles and three RBI in the win over Holmdel.
After a rocky start to the season as a pitcher, Gendi has also rounded into form on the rubber. Last week, he pitched four strong innings (one earned run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts) to pick up a win against Holmdel.
Gendi's hot stretched bled into the current week, highlighted by a big performance in a 2-0 win over Point Boro. The sophomore right-hander pitched a one-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks while also going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI at the plate.
After his first three outings of the season, Gendi sported an unsightly 14.00 ERA, but has since posted an ERA of 1.77 in 31 2/3 innings.
Gendi won this week's Player of the Week contest with 32.4 percent of the vote to beat out a duo that will be opposing each other in Sunday's Shore Conference Tournament final: Red Bank Catholic junior Alex Stanyek (17.9 percent) and Jackson Memorial senior J.R. Osmond (17.5).
Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 7 Pitcher of the Week
Rob Stock, Shore
Stock's first outing of the season was one to forget. As a matter of fact, it was a game his entire team quickly tried to forget: a 23-0 loss to Red Bank Catholic in which Stock came in to pitch with the game already well in hand for the Caseys.
His last outing, however, is one he won't soon forget.
On May 18, Stock pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and two walks as Shore rolled to an 18-0 win over Mater Dei Prep.
Shore's sophomore left-hander has served as both a starter and reliever and when he has started games this season, Stock has been excellent. The no-hitter was Stock's fourth start of the season and in those games, he is 3-1 with a 1.12 ERA, 10 hits, eight walks and 32 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Stock nabbed Week 7 the Player of the Week with 41.7 percent of the vote to comfortably finish ahead of runner-up Bryson Kirby of Point Pleasant Boro (21 percent).
For winning the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, both Gendi and Stock will receive a Player of the Week shirt courtesy of Ocean County Sports Medicine.
2022 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners
Week 1: Cristian Bernardini, Manalapan/Dan Furlong, Howell
Week 2: Colin Matuschat, Point Beach/Stephen DeMilio, Pinelands
Week 3: Thomas Strauch, Howell/Tyler Bell, Central
Week 4: Russell Halvorsen, Howell/Steve Svenson, Red Bank Catholic
Week 5: Brady Oswick, St. John Vianney/Ryan Rogers, St. Rose
Week 6: Rian O'Rourke, Pinelands/Kyle Knowsley, Brick