Baseball – VOTE: Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 5 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. With a late start to the poll, voting will carry into Friday afternoon, with the polls closing at noon. The winner will receive a Player of the Week shirt courtesy of Ocean County Sports Medicine.
Class A North Player of the Week
Ryan Costello, Freehold Twp.
The Patriots swept Marlboro last week and it started with a walk-off win over the surging Mustangs – one of the four Monmouth County Tournament semifinalists. Costello pitched a complete game in the 5-4 win and ended it with a game-winning RBI single.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Lenny Mascucci, Manalapan; Lawrence Elinson, Marlboro; Shawn McNiff, Marlboro; Devon Smith, Howell; Braden Walsh, Howell; Joe Zito, Howell; Thomas Strauch, Howell; Nick Todisco, Howell; Joe Stanzione, Middletown South; Evan Wood, Middletown South; Will Christopher, Middletown South; Mike Weinbel, Middletown North; Colin Dowlen, Middletown North; Sean Keegan, Freehold Twp.; Ryan Keegan, Freehold Twp.
Class A Central Player of the Week
Owen Kenney, Rumson-Fair Haven
Kenny posted a career game in a 10-2 win over Shore Regional, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI to lead Rumson’s high-scoring attack.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Sean Brescia, Holmdel; Jack Lomerson, St. Rose; Ryan Rogers, St. Rose; Chris Tallarico, St. Rose; Sean Griggs, Rumson-Fair Haven; Joey Esposito, Monmouth; James Kelly, Monmouth; Brian Doherty, Rumson-Fair Haven; Dan Fedorco, Raritan
Class A South Player of the Week
Aidan Folsom, Toms River South
Folsom did it all for Toms River South in a win over rival Toms River East. The senior right-hander earned the win on the mound with 4 1/3 innings and also went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in his team’s 6-3 win.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Nick Hoheb, Brick; Will Meade, Brick; Matt Kunzman, Brick; Matt Koblos, Jackson Memorial; Tommy Kendrick, Jackson Memorial; Anthony Encarnacion, Toms River East; Cristian Soto, Central; Cam Leiter, Central; Shane Sajewicz, Central; Dom Miranda, Southern; Ryan Schmidt, Toms River South; A.J. Chesney, Toms River North
Class B North Player of the Week
Brady Oswick, St. John Vianney
Oswick had a monster game on Thursday for St. John Vianney, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Not only did the senior shortstop crack two homers; the second of the two was a walk-off, solo blast to give the Lancers a 6-5 win over Red Bank.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Jake Howlett, Wall; Matteo Pasculli; Tyler Persico, Neptune; Ryan Cole, Neptune; Quincy Esannason, Neptune; Cole Armond, Red Bank; Jake Cohen, Red Bank; Mark Kovach, Matawan; Jake Brigandi, Matawan; Joey Bodin, Matawan
Class B Central Player of the Week
Sean Hanna, Mater Dei Prep
Hanna carried Mater Dei to a win over Keyport, going 3-for-3 with two RBI on a pair of run-scoring singles while also striking out five during two dominant innings on the mound that closed out the Seraphs victory.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Phil Trebour, Point Beach; Andrew Banick, Point Beach; Nate Clayton, Point Beach; Bryan Matuschat, Point Beach; Anthony Longo, Keyport; Mason Hospital, Keyport; Carter Williams, Keyport; Chris Parmigiani, Henry Hudson; Aidan Winters, Henry Hudson; Hayden Kurdes, Henry Hudson
Class B South Player of the Week
Chris Sasso, Jackson Liberty
Sasso came into pitch in relief in a huge game vs. Barnegat, shut down the Bengals to keep Jackson Liberty’s deficit at 2-1, then launched a game-winning, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lions a dramatic, 4-2 win that, for the moment, kept their division title hopes alive. Sasso drove in all four runs in the win.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Ryan Butchko, Donovan Catholic; Lou DiBiase, Donovan Catholic; Sean McAllister, Manchester; Zack Mohr, Lacey; Andrew Tobia, Lacey; Rian O’Rourke, Pinelands; Ryan Acquisto, Point Boro; Connor Cilento, Point Boro
Zack Mohr, Lacey
Mohr and teammate Andrew Tobia delivered clutch hits for Lacey in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 7-6 win over Point Boro. With two out and Lacey down by two runs, Mohr laced a two-run triple that tied the game, which set up Tobia for the game-winning, RBI single. Mohr finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Matt Koblos, Jackson Memorial
Hitting in the No. 9 spot, Koblos has two of Jackson Memorial’s biggest hits of the year and one of them came on Thursday of last week. The junior outfielder crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a scoreless tie and giving Jackson Memorial a must-have, 5-0, win over Brick Memorial during its pursuit of a Class A South division championship.