Baseball – VOTE: Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 3 Player of the Week
Each week during the 2022 high school baseball season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top performers in each Shore Conference division and give fans a chance to pick the overall winner of the Shore Sports Network Baseball Player of the Week. The nominees include a Player 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 Player of the Week
Thomas Strauch, Howell
Strauch went on a home run tear last week, blasting four long balls in three games, including a three in two games against Freehold Township. Strauch hit a 10th-inning grand slam in a 10-4 Rebels win over the Patriots, then belted two home runs in a 12-2 Howell win over Freehold Township.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Julien Umanzor, Marlboro; Harrison Campi, CBA; Joe Stanzione, Middletown South; Joe Figliolino, CBA; Hunter Del Guercio, CBA; George Kruse, CBA; Alexey Stout, CBA; Cristian Bernardini, Manalapan; Dylan Reiner, Manalapan; Liam Martin, Manalapan; Christian D’Angelo, Manalapan; Shawn McNiff, Marlboro; Mike Kansky, Marlboro; Alex D’Ambrosio, Marlboro; Nick Gomes, Howell; Will Christopher, Middletown South; Evan Wood, Middletown South
Class A Central Player of the Week
Jake Jacobson, Red Bank Catholic
After transferring from Mater Dei, Jacobson has hit his way into the RBC lineup and last week’s showing was confirmation. The senior outfielder went 3-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI in two wins over Holmdel, then crushed a grand slam in a Caseys rout of Manasquan, in which they beat Warriors sophomore ace Cullen Condon.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Shane Andrus, Red Bank Catholic; James Vallillo, Holmdel; Tim Haggerty, Holmdel; Jack Donohue, St. Rose; Alex Stanyek, Red Bank Catholic; John Dunleavy, Shore; Johnny Bruno, Rumson-Fair Haven; Reece Moroney, Rumson-Fair Haven; Ben Hutchins, Raritan; Billy Tigar, Raritan
Class A South Player of the Week
Cam Leiter, Central
Leiter did not pitch last week, but he more than made up for it by torching the ball at the plate. In two wins over Toms River East, the UCF commit went 5-for-7 with two doubles, two home runs and 9 RBI, which propelled him to a Shore-Conference-leading .567 batting average heading into the current week.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Tommy Kendrick, Jackson Memorial; Zach Crotchfelt, Jackson Memorial; Matt Koblos, Jackson Memorial; Anthony Martino, Brick Memorial; Ryan Mulcahey, Brick Memorial; Cristian Soto, Central; Evan Kwortnik, Toms River North; Nate Obeng, Toms River North; Ray Mulhern, Southern; Aidan Folsom, Toms River South; Gavin Migliori, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
Tyler Spencer, Colts Neck
Spencer won a pair of games on the mound this week for Colts Neck, going four innings in a 16-2 rout of Red Bank on Monday and working five innings in a 2-1 win over Matawan on Friday. He also had a big week at the plate, going 4-for-7 with a double, home run and five RBI in a 3-0 week for the first-place Cougars.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Ryan Cole, Neptune; Kyle Pollack, St. John Vianney; Matteo Pasculli; St. John Vianney; Jack O’Shea, Manasquan; James Cosgrove, Manasquan; Andrew Fischer, Wall; Nick Quagliato, Neptune; Nick Ferraioli, St. John Vianney; Cole Armond, Red Bank; Jake Brigandi, Matawan; Chris Scully, Colts Neck; Nick Terefenko, Freehold Boro
Class B Central Player of the Week
Kole Devaney, Mater Dei
Mater Dei picked up back-to-back wins to close out the week and Devaney helped drive the offense by going a combined 4-for-8 with a double and two RBI in victories over Keansburg and Long Branch.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Diego Tavarez, Ranney; Phil Trebour, Point Beach; Colin Matuschat, Point Beach; Anthony Longo, Keyport; Carter Williams, Keyport; Jack Tallent, Ranney; Anthony Tancredi, Mater Dei; Charlie Chropuvka, Ranney; Brett Wehringer, Ranney; A.J. Gracia, Ranney
Class B South Player of the Week
Anthony Mursko, Donovan Catholic
Mursko swung a hot bat in three games last week, going 5-for-9 with a pair of doubles, five runs scored and two RBI in a 2-1 week for the Griffins. In two key wins over Lacey, the senior went a combined 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Chris Sasso, Jackson Liberty; Ryan Kulpa, Barnegat; Rocco Scarpitti, Donovan Catholic; Mike Damato, Manchester; Logan Duffy, Manchester; Blake Warren, Manchester; Justin Renzi, Manchester; Anthony Eckerson, Lacey; Michael Kisseberth, Jackson Liberty; Stephen DeMilio, Pinelands; Connor Cilento, Point Boro; Jayson Bennett, Point Boro
Julien Umanzor, Marlboro
Umanzor leads the Shore Conference with nine doubles and he did most of his damage in that category last week, when he racked up six. In four games, Umanzor went 8-for-15 with nine RBI and would have had a seventh double on Saturday if his single that one-hopped the fence was not a game-winning, walk-off single to beat Raritan in the Monmouth County Tournament opening round.
Kyle Pollack, St. John Vianney
After starting the week by losing 1-0 to Freehold Boro despite its starting pitcher throwing a no-hitter, St. John Vianney woke its bats up for three straight wins. Pollock was a standout in the winning streak, going 6-for-7 with two doubles, a triple a home run and seven RBI during the three-game surge.