Baseball – VOTE: Adrenaline Week 2 Player and Pitcher of the Week
Each week during the 2021, Shore Sports Network will recognize eight players and eight pitchers who stood out during the past week from Monday to Sunday - a division player and pitcher of the week from each of the six Shore Conference divisions and two wild cards in each category.
Vote in the two polls at the bottom of the post once per hour until they close on Wednesday at 10 p.m. The single player with the most votes between the two polls will receive a $25 gift card to Burger 25 in Toms River.
Adrenaline Week 2 Players of the Week
Class A North Player of the Week
Zach Gorman, Freehold Twp.
Gorman could do no wrong last week, pitching a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against Middletown South on Wednesday and going 5-for-6 in Freehold Township’s two wins over the previously-unbeaten Eagles, including 3-for-3 in the game he won on the mound.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Danny Frontera, Middletown North; Anthony Matrone, Manalapan; Anthony Mauro, Manalapan; Chris Marzo, Manalapan; Vin Impresa, Howell; Chris Ellison, Howell; Mark Capell, Marlboro; Joe Stanzione, Middletown South; Cristian Bernardini, Manalapan
Class A Central Player of the Week
Matt Scrivanic, Red Bank Catholic
Red Bank Catholic scored 43 runs in four games last week, which required a lot of hot hitters in the Caseys lineup. Scrivanic was involved in every big offensive explosion, finishing the week 9-for-15 with a double, two triples, a home run and seven RBI to spark RBC’s offense.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Jason Sparkes, Holmdel; Luke O’Hea, Raritan; Sean Griggs, Red Bank Catholic; Alex Stanyek, Red Bank Catholic; Brett Hilsheimer, Holmdel; Tom Turnbach, St. Rose; Jack Lomerson, St. Rose; Jack Crawford, St. Rose
Class A South Player of the Week
Cam Leiter, Central
As the first player with the Leiter name playing at Central in nearly four decades, Cam Leiter had his first big moment as a Golden Eagle and it did not come on the mound. Leiter jacked a solo home run to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Central a 3-2 win over Toms River South.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Jack Tava, Toms River North; Anthony Encarnacion, Toms River East; Ty Beck, Jackson Memorial; J.R. Osmond, Jackson Memorial; Sean Mindas, Toms River North; Joe Gioia, Brick Memorial; Charlie Meglio, Jackson Memorial; Ty Gibson, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
Liam Wiley, Freehold Boro
Freehold Boro needed a win in a bad way and Wiley delivered one to his team almost single-handedly. On Thursday, Wiley went 4-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI, including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the 6-5 win over Neptune.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Max Harrell, Wall; Nick Lovarco, Wall; Gabe Cavazzoni, Wall; Cullen Condon, Manasquan; Ben Goldman, Colts Neck; Sean O’Mara, Red Bank; Gus Dal Pra, Red Bank; Jack Zabarsky, Ocean; Eli Gries-Smith, Matawan; Brad Salamone, Colts Neck
Class B Central Player of the Week
Nick Bigotto, Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson’s sophomore set the tone for a 2-1 week with a complete game on the mound in a 6-1 win over Mater Dei Prep. Bigotto also went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the win, which preceded a 24-21 win over Mater Dei the following day to complete the sweep.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Charlie Chropuvka, Ranney; Brandon Hendrickson, Henry Hudson Lou Spadafora, Ranney; Jake Jacobsen, Mater Dei; Andrew Banick, Point Beach
Class B South Player of the Week
Nick Danbrowney, Barnegat
Danbrowney has been as good as any player in the conference, both as a hitter and a pitcher, and that’s why he now has a divisional Player of the Week to go with last week’s Pitcher of the Week nomination. This past week, Danbrowney struck out a career-high 14 in a loss to Lacey, including 11 consecutive strikeouts, and his offense was even better. In three games, he went 8-for-11 with a double, triple, home run, five runs and five RBI – including 4-for-4 with a double against Lacey ace Jacob Bowles.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Mike Damato, Manchester; Nick Danbrowney, Barnegat; Bryan Snowden, Barnegat; Matt Kaliske, Lacey; Carl Barth, Jackson Liberty; Chris Grille, Manchester; Gavin Degnan, Donovan Catholic
Mike Damato, Manchester
Damato was locked in at the plate, going 7-for-10 with a double, triple and a home run, including a game-tying triple in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 6-5 win over Toms River East. Damato also pitched six strong innings to beat Jackson Liberty, allowing only one unearned run while striking out six.
Luke O’Hea, Raritan
Raritan had two big offensive games last week thanks to O’Hea’s efforts. He was 5-for-12 for the week and 5-for-9 in the two wins. The senior centerfielder was 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 9-8 win over Ocean and belted a grand slam in a 10-6 win over Shore.
Adrenaline Pitchers of the Week
Class A North Pitcher of the Week
Danny Frontera, Middletown North
Frontera overpowered Long Branch in his start last week, striking out 17 in a six-inning one-hitter that started with a leadoff double by Long Branch’s Robert Baez. He also went 5-for-9 with two triples and three RBI in the two wins over Long Branch.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Joe Mazza, Manalapan; Zach Gorman, Freehold Twp.; Daniel Furlong, Howell; Colin Dowlen, Middletown North; Colin Reilly, CBA
Class A Central Pitcher of the Week
Lucky Perrotto, Ocean
With his team mired in a three-game losing streak, Perrotto needed to deliver a big outing last Wednesday against Raritan. The senior left-hander came through with a one-hitter in which Perrotto allowed just one unearned run and one walk while striking out nine.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Jake Umans, Holmdel; Charlie Jones, Rumson-Fair Haven; Declan Leary, Red Bank Catholic
Class A South Pitcher of the Week
Brandon Valles, Toms River North
Valles has turned in two impressive starts to open his senior year and after losing a pitcher’s duel to Red Bank Catholic’s Shane Panzini, he finished on the winning end last week. The senior left-hander spun a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Brick Memorial, with three walks and six strikeouts in the gem.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Jeremy Bruner, Central; Matt Potok, Jackson Memorial; Mike Florie, Toms River East; Ethan Gonzales, Brick
Class B North Pitcher of the Week
Mike Caldon, Matawan
Caldon was one of the breakout players of the Last Dance World Series in July and he has been even better to open up his senior year. In his latest outing, the Huskies right-hander pitched a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and no walks in Matawan’s 5-0 win over Freehold Boro.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Brian Young, Neptune; Ryan Sekman, St. John Vianney
Class B Central Pitcher of the Week
Nick Coniglio, Ranney
While Middletown North’s Frontera recorded all but one of his 18 outs via the strikeout, Coniglio was 12-for-12. The Panthers sophomore struck out a dozen in four shutout innings in a Ranney win over Keyport.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Nick Bigotto, Henry Hudson; Diego Tavarez, Ranney; Marcello Mastroianni, Ranney
Class B South Pitcher of the Week
Jacob Bowles, Lacey
Although he didn’t pitch a second straight no-hitter, Bowles was again Class B South’s standout pitcher last week. The senior right-hander went the distance on 112 pitches to outduel Danbrowney and Barnegat, 3-1. In the win, Bowles struck out a career-high 12 and set the tone a the plate with a leadoff single in a three-run first inning for the Lions.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Ethan Bloomfield, Jackson Liberty; Nick Danbrowney, Barnegat; Shaun O’Keefe, Donovan Catholic
Joe Mazza, Manalapan
Mazza was another Shore standout pitcher to take a no-hitter deep into a start, with the Manalapan left-hander taking a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth inning against CBA before giving up back-to-back two-out hits. Mazza stepped to the plate and tied the game with a two-out RBI single and completed seven innings on the mound with 12 strikeouts in the extra-inning win over CBA.
Brian Young, Neptune
After losing to St. John Vianney, 9-0, to open the week, Neptune bounced back with a 4-1 win over the Lancers thanks to another impressive outing by Young. The Rider University commit struck out 12 in a complete-game three-hitter and went 2-for-3 at the plate for good measure.