VOTE: Ocean County Sports Medicine Baseball Player of the Week: SCT Edition
The postseason edition of the Ocean County Sports Medicine Player of the Week contest returns this week with a focus on the Shore Conference Tournament. Last week, the fans voted for Red Bank Catholic's Dylan Passo and Southern's Roger Dreher as the standout players from the Monmouth County Tournament and Ocean County Tournament, respectively. Now, it is time pick the top performer from the Shore Conference Tournament.
This week's contest includes 10 nominees with no more than one from any given team. Check out each one and scroll to the bottom of the post to vote for the top contender as the SCT Edition of the Player of the Week. Vote once per hour until the voting ends on Friday at 10 p.m.
Ocean County Sports Medicine Baseball Player of the Week: SCT Edition
Gabe Ahlemeyer, Middletown North
Ahlemeyer fired a two-hit shutout over five innings in an 11-0 win over Ocean in the round of 16 and also picked up a pair of RBI in the win. In the next round at RBC, Ahlemeyer was one of the few Lions players to beat Steve Svenson for a hit after the first inning, when he smacked an opposite-field double.
Cullen Condon, Manasquan
Condon dominanted on the mound in round one of the SCT, striking out 10 while allowing two hits in six shutout innings against Holmdel. The Wofford commit also went 4-for-8 at the plate in two SCT games with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, including a 3-for-5 game at Donovan Catholic.
Alex D’Ambrosio, Marlboro
The Mustangs made it to the final eight of the SCT, with D’Ambrosio going above and beyond to get them there. The Seton Hall commit struck out 10 over five innings and went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in an opening-round win over Point Boro, then delivered the game-winning, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mustangs a 2-1, extra-inning win over Brick Memorial in the round of 16.
Gavin Degnan, Donovan Catholic
Degnan had, arguably, the best game of any player in the tournament in Donovan Catholic’s round-of-16 win over Manasquan. The senior centerfielder belted two two-run homers, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh to cap a 2-for-2 day with a pair of walks as Donovan Catholic slipped past the Warriors, 5-4.
John Goodes, Rumson-Fair Haven
Pitching and defense carried Rumson-Fair Haven all the way to the SCT semifinals, with the Bulldogs’ offense scoring just five runs in three SCT games. Goodes had the best start of the tournament for Rumson, firing a two-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks in a 2-1 win over Jackson Memorial in the SCT quarterfinals.
A.J. Gracia, Ranney
Gracia took the loss on the mound and went hitless in the championship game, but his effort in the SCT semifinals against Rumson almost single-handedly pulled the Panthers into their first ever SCT final. The Duke commit went 2-for-3 with a double, a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning, both runs scored for Ranney and the win in relief as the Panthers picked up a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs.
Wyatt Hunt, CBA
Hunt was CBA’s hottest hitter during its three-game stay in the tournament, which carried the Colts all the way to the SCT semifinals. The Monmouth commit finished the SCT 4-for-8 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in a 5-1 win at Donovan Catholic in the quarterfinals and an RBI triple in his team’s 3-1 loss at Red Bank Catholic in the semifinals.
Nick Mellino, Jackson Memorial
One day after losing to Southern in the Ocean County Tournament semifinals, Jackson Memorial exacted immediate revenge with an 8-2 win over the rival Rams in the SCT round of 16. Mellino led the way in that Saturday win, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to pace a 10-hit Jaguars attack.
Alex Stanyek, Red Bank Catholic
There were no shortage of heroes for Red Bank Catholic, with Dylan Passo, Shane Andrus and Matt Brunner all hitting in the neighborhood of .500 for the tournament and both Declan Leary and Stven Svenson turning in impressive complete-game starts on the mound. Stanyek stood out, though, belting a big home run in the semifinal win over CBA, then pitching 6 2/3 scoreless, two-hit innings with 11 strikeouts in the championship game against the Shore’s highest-scoring offense.
E.J. Stefanelli, Shore
Stefanelli opened up his Shore Conference Tournament with one of the more robust individual performances of the tournament. The Shore catcher lit up Monmouth Regional by going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and five RBI in a 16-6 Blue Devils win. Stefanelli also picked up a hit in the round-of-16 loss at Rumson to finish the tournament 4-for-8.
Honorable Mention: Dylan Passo, Red Bank Catholic; Declan Leary, Red Bank Catholic; Shane Andrus, Red Bank Catholic; Brett Wehringer, Ranney; Nick Coniglio, Ranney; Marcello Mastroianni, Ranney; Chris Levonas, CBA; James Nitti, CBA; Jackson Hinchcliffe, Rumson-Fair Haven; Mike Arent, Jackson Memorial; Anthony Mehmet, Jackson Memorial; R.J. Kernan, Middletown North; Dylan Briggs, Middletown North; Colby McMahon, Middletown North; Lawrence Elinson, Marlboro; Alex Frank, Marlboro; Mike Gioia, Brick Memorial; Tommy Kowaliwskyj, Ocean; Nicco Maribo, Brick Memorial; Chase Cohen, Brick Memorial; Bryan Matuschat, Point Beach; Andrew Gendi, Matawan; Bryson Kirby, Point Boro; Jeff Barham, Shore; John Dunleavy, Shore; Evan Booth, Monmouth; Kyle Serino, Southern; Brandon Brown, Southern; Matt Ferrara, Toms River East; Ryan Ushock, Toms River East; Bobby Sabatino, Toms River East; Kevin Prime, Manasquan