Baseball – Week 4 Player and Pitcher of the Week Winners
Week 4 Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Player of the Week
Joe Kohm, Colts Neck
Colts Neck put a slew of runs on the board against some of the best teams in the Shore Conference last week and Kohm was the team’s most powerful hitter during that stretch. From April 23 to April 29, the senior outfielder was 6-for-12 with a double, a triple, two home runs and five walks in five games. He homered against No. 2 Wall and Neptune, tripled against No. 1 CBA and doubled in a loss to Raritan on Sunday.
Kohm won the Player of the Week award for Week Four with 54.7 of the 11,293 votes cast, which beat outing red-hot Central Ruscitti slugger Tom Ruscitti, who checked in with 21.6 percent. Matawan sophomore Jay Kalieta also pulled in a double-digit percentage of the voting with 11.9 percent.
Pitcher of the Week
Blaise Venancio, CBA
Venancio enjoyed a two-win week for CBA, throwing four innings to earn a lopsided win over Manalapan and then striking out 10 in six shutout innings against Middletown South Sunday in the Monmouth County quarterfinals. In 10 innings during the Week Four period, Venancio allowed one earned run on 10 hits and five walks while striking out 14. He has won his last four appearances after getting a late start to the season - one of four CBA pitchers with a 4-0 record during the team's 16-1 start to the season.
Venancio collected 45.5 percent of the 16,055 votes cast to win the week, beating out Point Pleasant Boro sophomore Nick Guzzi, who drew 34.2 percent after striking out 12 in his start against Lacey on April 23. Toms River South senior Nico Gonnella grabbed 15 percent of the vote to come in third.
2018 Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners