Baseball – Tallman (Rumson) and Wanagiel (Red Bank Catholic) Ride Rivalry Wave to Weekly Honors
Adrenaline Week 3 Player of the Week
Charlie Tallman, Rumson-Fair Haven
Hitting in the bottom of the order, Tallman turned out to be Rumson’s secret weapon last week and now the secret is out.
The junior second baseman went 5-for-12 at the plate last week with three doubles, a home run, five runs scored nine RBI during Rumson’s 4-0 week. He opened the week with a four-RBI game in a win over St. Rose and later in the week, Tallman belted a homer and drove in five in an 8-2 win over then-No. 7 Howell.
Tallman's biggest swing of the week might not have been any of the run-scoring ones, but rather a swing leading off the inning in Rumson's last game of the week. Leading off the top of the 10th inning last Saturday, Tallman blasted a double off the fence to ignite the winning rally at Count Basie Field that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 win over Red Bank Catholic.
Tallman won a close, three-man race with 22 percent of the vote, which was enough to hold off CBA senior Joe Marini (19.5 percent) and Central senior Evan Agrapides (18.9).
Adrenaline Week 3 Pitcher of the Week
Dylan Wanagiel, Red Bank Catholic
Red Bank Catholic already had one Pitcher of the Week winner after Shane Panzini turned in a big first week to 2021 and now the Caseys have a second.
Wanagiel was on top of his game on May 4 against Monmouth Regional at Count Basie Park, where the senior pitched a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts and two walks to shut down the Falcons in a 7-0 Caseys win. Outside of one inning against Middletown South that got away from him, Wanagiel has been lights-out as the Caseys' No. 2 starter.
As the leading vote-getter between the two polls, Wanagiel is the winner of a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River. Rumson-Fair Haven junior Charlie Jones was the runner up, with 17.5 percent to Wanagiel's 22. Jackson Liberty sophomore Ethan Bloomfield (15 percent), Keyport junior Jack DiPaolo (14) and Marlboro senior Mark Capell (12) all collected better than 10 percent of the pitching vote.
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