Baseball – Toyota World of Lakewood Week 1 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners
Toyota World of Lakewood Week 1 Player of the Week
Ryan Bearse, Howell
After his team got off to an 0-2 start, Bearse stepped up big for the Rebels on the mound and at the plate. The senior right-hander twirled six dominant innings in a 4-2 win over CBA and also went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI to help his cause. The Monmouth University recruit struck out a career-high 11, walked none and allowed one run on five hits over six innings of work in the win over the Colts.
Bearse also went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of runs scored in a 9-1 win over Holmdel in Saturday’s Strike Out Autism Challenge. He carried the hot start into this week, closing out a combined no-hitter with classmate Bryan Bernard with a scoreless seventh inning on Monday, then hitting one of three Howell home runs in an eight-run fourth inning on Wednesday - both against Long Branch.
As the top overall vote-getter between the two polls this week, Bearse will be awarded a $20 gift card to Beacon 70 in Brick.
Week 1 Pitcher of the Week
Pat Reilly, CBA
Reilly’s week on the mound began, innocently enough, when he recorded the final out of the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to Howell on a pop out. What followed on Saturday was a tour de force against an Allentown team that reached the Group III final last year and won it all two years ago. Reilly pitched a two-hitter with two walks and 16 strikeouts to carry the Colts to a win over the Redbirds in the Strike Out Autism Challenge. He also cracked an RBI double in that loss vs. Howell for good measure.