Baseball – VOTE: Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 3 Pitcher of the Week
Each week during the 2022 high school baseball season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top pitchers in each Shore Conference division and give fans a chance to pick the overall winner of the Shore Sports Network Baseball Pitcher of the Week. The nominees include a Pitcher of the Week from each of the six Shore Conference divisions, plus two wild cards who are worthy of consideration as well.
Check out this week's group of nominees and vote for the one you think stands out in the poll at the bottom of the post. Voting ends Thursday at 10 p.m., with the winner receiving a Player of the Week shirt courtesy of Ocean County Sports Medicine.
Class A North Pitcher of the Week
Colin Reilly, CBA
Reilly took the mound in difficult conditions for a pitcher last Friday and shut down one of the Shore’s top lineups. The senior right-hander limited Howell to two runs on two wind-aided solo home runs over the short left-field fence and struck out six to help pace CBA to a 12-2 win over the Rebels – the first loss of the season for Howell.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Tyler Kane, Manalapan; Luke Bearse, Howell
Class A Central Pitcher of the Week
Will Calderone, Ocean
Calderone got Ocean’s week in Myrtle Beach started on the right track. The senior right-hander fired a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and one walk in an 8-0 Spartans win over Notre Dame Cathedral Latin from Ohio.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Luke Buda, Holmdel; Declan Leary, Red Bank Catholic
Class A South Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Bell, Central
Central may not have pitched Cam Leiter last week, but the Golden Eagles still got a memorable pitching performance. In a 10-0 win over Toms River East, Bell pitched a no-hitter with three walks and five strikeouts, clinching it when Central scored its 10th run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Trevin Rieger, Jackson Memorial; Nick Garbooshian, Brick Memorial; Brady Leach, Brick Memorial; Brenden Lavallee, Toms River North; Aidan Folsom, Toms River South
Class B North Pitcher of the Week
Aidan Denham, Freehold Boro
The Colonials have won two games this season and Denham has won all of them on the mound, including two last week. While his team was in the process of being no-hit against St. John Vianney, Denham silenced the Lancers’ powerful lineup by pitching a three-hitter over 6 2/3 shutout innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 Freehold Boro win. On Saturday, the junior right-hander fired six more strong innings with two runs allowed in a win over Point Boro.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Nick Ferraioli, St. John Vianney; Ryan Cole, Neptune; Truir Brown, Wall; Andrew Zottar, St. John Vianney; Aiden Cody, St. John Vianney; A.J. Kurtz, St. John Vianney; Andrew Gendi, Matawan; Tyler Spencer, Colts Neck; Brennan Moloughney, Neptune
Class B Central Pitcher of the Week
Marcello Mastroianni, Ranney
Mastroianni took the ball against then-unbeaten St. Mary of Rutherford last Wednesday and proceeded to fire four no-hit innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. Junior Jack Renaud then came in the game to complete the combined no-hitter for Ranney in a 14-0 win in five innings.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Kyle Kolans, Point Beach; Owen West, Point Beach; D.J. Thomson, Keyport; Gavin Sansone, Mater Dei; Donny Antenucci, Keansburg; Grayson Testino, Ranney; Sean Hanna, Mater Dei
Class B South Pitcher of the Week
Chris Sasso, Jackson Liberty
Sasso had a big all-around week for Jackson Liberty, especially on the mound. The senior left-hander pitched a four-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts and no walks in a win over Lacey that halted the Lions’ four-game losing streak. Sasso also went 3-for-6 with two doubles in the batter’s box in wins over Lacey and Monroe.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Mike Damato, Manchester; Frank Kern, Manchester; Michael Kisseberth, Jackson Liberty; Bryson Kirby, Point Boro
Nick Ferraioli, St. John Vianney
On April 18, Ferraioli became the second Shore Conference player this season to earn the bittersweet honor of throwing a no-hitter while taking the loss on the mound. The senior left-hander struck out 13 and walked two over seven no-hit innings against Freehold Boro, but gave up an unearned run as part of a four-error game by the Lancers defense.
Ryan Cole, Neptune
Cole got beat by St. John Vianney on opening day and since then, he has allowed one earned run struck out 46 and walked six in 26 1/3 innings. Last week, the senior right-hander shut down Manasquan in a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts and no walks in his seven dominant innings. Cole also went 4-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in three Neptune wins.