Baseball – VOTE: Week 3 Player and Pitcher of the Week
Last week's Shore Conference baseball slate was full of more wild games, many of them high-scoring. That means plenty of memorable performances and big stat-lines throughout the Shore, many of which are recognized below in the third Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Player of the Week feature of the 2018 season.
Vote for the Player and Pitcher of the Week at the bottom of the post and keep voting up until the poll closes on Wednesday night at 10 p.m.
Class A North Player of the Week
Brandon Matt, Howell
Matt had the most memorable performance in what will go down as one of the more memorable games of the 2018 regular season. In Howell’s 25-21 win over Neptune on Friday, Matt belted the go-ahead three-run home run for Howell in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a 3-for-4 game with four RBI. Perhaps more impressively, Matt pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in that slugfest to pick up the win. Matt was 6-for-15 during the week, including 2-for-4 in a win over Manalapan Saturday at FirstEnergy Park.
Class A North Pitcher of the Week
Nick Hohenstein, CBA
Hohenstein had a huge week in every way possible for the Colts, hitting three home runs in a span of three games – including a two-home run performance in a win over Howell. As good as his bat played this week, Hohenstein was arguably even better on the mound, striking out 14 with no walks in a two-hitter against Freehold Township on Wednesday. The 14 strikeouts by Hohenstein were a career-high and a single-game high in the Shore Conference this season.
A North Honorable Mention: Phil Marcantonio, Freehold Boro; Dylan Beyer, Howell; Eddie Morales, Howell; Jack Harnisch, CBA; Ben Levine, Manalapan; Blaise Venancio, CBA; Joe Kohm, Colts Neck; Hunter Boag, Colts Neck; Anthony Sasso, Colts Neck; Kyle Brex, Howell; Ron Cole, Neptune; Sebastian Jno-Baptiste, Neptune; Dan DeBlasio, Manalapan; E.J. Melendez, Manalapan
Class A Central Player of the Week
Spencer Margulis, St. John Vianney
Margulis delivered two clutch home runs this week, one of which won St. John Vianney a big division game and the other came off against one of the Shore’s hottest pitchers. Margulis connected on a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth in his team’s 6-5 win over Raritan on Tuesday – Raritan’s first loss since opening day. On Saturday, Margulis broke up Long Branch senior Matt Mincieli’s perfect game by blasting a solo home run to left on a 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the fourth. The home run was the only hit allowed by Mincieli, who has allowed four earned runs in 27 2/3 innings.
Class A Central Pitcher of the Week
Max Stamer, Red Bank
The Bucs have put together a strong pitching staff this season and that staff helped deliver a 2-1 week in A Central. Stamer started things off with a four-hit shutout in Red Bank’s 1-0 win over Shore Regional last Tuesday, a performance that also included eight strikeouts. Stamer also went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in a 15-2 win over St. John Vianney on Wednesday.
A Central Honorable Mention: Alex DiBona, Holmdel; Robby Smith, Rumson; Tyler Bruno, Raritan; Griffin Falco, Matawan; Alex Burnett, Rumson; James LaBruno, Shore; Michael Eulner, Red Bank; Dan Harby, Rumson; Gordon Forsyth, Rumson; Dan Fiore, Raritan; Logan Marter, St. John Vianney; Brendan Martin, St. John Vianney; Dan Hirujo, Matawan; Mike Shirvanian, Shore
Class A South Player of the Week
Jonathan Giordano, Toms River North
The Mariners got back into the A south race with a couple of wins last week, including a 3-1 win over previously-unbeaten Toms River East. In that game, Giordano went the distance on the mound while allowing just one unearned run and also blasted a solo home run to help his own cause. Giordano followed that game up by going 1-for-3 in a win over Brick.
Class A South Pitcher of the Week
Mike Brunner, Brick
Brunner delivered Brick its first divisional win of the season by pitching a two-hitter against rival Brick Memorial Friday night at FirstEnergy Park. Brunner allowed one run with four walks and two strikeouts and also aided his own cause by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the win. Brunner also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a loss to Toms River North earlier in the week.
A South Honorable Mention: Craig Larsen, Toms River North; Alex Iadisernia, Jackson Memorial; Brad Brush, Toms River East; Troy Bathmann, Jackson Memorial; Carmine Petosa, Jackson Memorial; A.J. Smith, Central; Nick Sefick, Jackson Memorial; Colin Mackle, Toms River South; Vincent Galdieri, Brick; John Coppola, Brick; T.J. Rosace, Brick Memorial; Ryan Galati, Central; Vance Pelino, Central; Nick DeMaio, Toms River North; Justin Schaff, Toms River North; Justin Lowden, Toms River South; Tom Spiwak, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
Aurelio Licata, Middletown South
“Perfect” is probably the best word to describe Licata’s week at the plate. The Seton Hall commit went 6-for-6 with five doubles and two walks in two games – one a 12-0 Middletown South win over Manasquan and the other an 18-15 loss to rival Middletown North. In the loss to North under the lights, Licata went 4-for-4 with four doubles, five runs scored and two RBI, nearly carrying the Eagles to victory.
Class B North Pitcher of the Week
Matt Mincieli, Long Branch
For the second time in just three weeks, Mincieli is the B North Pitcher of the Week and his only serious competition this week was Wall’s Trey Dombroski, who was last week’s Pitcher of the Week. All Mincieli did this week was pitch 12 dominant innings over two starts and five days, during which he allowed one run on two hits. He pitched a one-hit shutout to outduel Alabama recruit Tyler Ras and Middletown North on Tuesday and with 67 pitches of eligibility remaining, turned in five strong innings Saturday in a Monmouth County Tournament win over St. John Vianney. For the week, Mincieli allowed one earned run on two hits over 12 innings with three walks and 12 strikeouts.
B North Honorable Mention: T.J. Brewer, Long Branch; Max Winters, Ocean; Teddy Sharkey, Wall; Grant Shulman, Wall; Charlie Kelly, Monmouth; James Horniacek, Long Branch; Tyler Ras, Middletown North; Trey Dombroski, Wall; Joe Sprake, Middletown South; Justin Scotto, Monmouth; Anthony Guarino, Monmouth; Liam Kile, Monmouth; Jack D’Auria, Ocean; Dan Ianelli, Red Bank Catholic; David Glancy, Red Bank Catholic; Austin Nappi, Red Bank Catholic
Class B Central Player of the Week
Mike Mohr, Henry Hudson
Mohr did more damage on Friday than most of the players on this week’s list did during the entire week. In a 22-12 win over East Brunswick Tech at the Autism Awareness Benefit in North Brunswick, Mohr went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI as Henry Hudson scored 15 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a 12-7 deficit into a win via the 10-run rule. Mohr also went 1-for-2 in a loss to St. Rose and finished the week 4-for-7.
Class B Central Pitcher of the Week
Nick Marini, St. Rose
The senior left-hander finished off the first no-hitter of the 2018 Shore Conference season Tuesday against Keyport in a six-inning, 10-0 win for the Purple Rose. In his six hitless innings, Marini struck out nine Red Raiders, walked two and needed only 75 pitches to accomplish the feat.
B Central Honorable Mention: Sean Turner, Mater Dei; Riley Maypother, St. Rose; Mike Dunne, Mater Dei; Thomas Olaussen, Mater Dei; John Nista, Point Beach; Justin Alessi, Keansburg; Rian Rivera, Keansburg; Aidan Conway, Point Beach; Deven Bhatnagar, Ranney; Charles Chropuvka, Ranney; Cole Redman, Ranney; Phil Morelli, St. Rose
Class B South Player of the Week
Christian Aurin, Point Boro
Aurin keyed Point Boro’s 3-0 week with a strong showing at the plate and two appearances on the mound. He went 3-for-4 against both Barnegat and Freehold Boro, including a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth against Freehold. He also added a double in that game and tripled in the 8-5 win over Barnegat earlier in the week.
Class B South Pitcher of the Week
Nick Zarycki, Lacey
Zarycki was a Toms River Tormentor this week, tossing a two-hit shutout in a five-inning win over Donovan Catholic on Tuesday and coming back on three-days rest to pitch 5 2/3 against Toms River East to earn his second win of the week. In all, Zarycki allowed three runs on 10 hits over 10 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out 10.
B South Honorable Mention: David McGillvray, Barnegat; Trent Livolsi, Point Boro; Miles Feaster, Lacey; Nick DeCarlo, Jackson Liberty; Paul Franceschini, Point Boro; Jorden Jurkiewicz, Lacey; Lukas Torres, Barnegat; Jack Felipe, Manchester; Evan Scala, Manchester; Nick Chiappisi, Manchester; Shane Hickey, Jackson Liberty; David Melfi, Jackson Liberty; Connor Keenan, Jackson Liberty; Sean O’Rourke, Pinelands