Each week, Shore Sports Network will select its Players and Pitchers of the Week in Monmouth and Ocean County, as well as an overall Shore Conference Player of the Week. We are also giving you an opportunity to choose your Player and Pitcher of the Week in the Shore Conference.

Below is the Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 5 (April 29 through May 5) in each of the six Shore Conference divisions, plus two wild cards for each. Vote for the player and pitcher you think are most deserving and keep voting and check back on Thursday for the winner. Vote once per hour until the polls close at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

SSN Monmouth County Player of the Week: Ryan Costello, Sr., 1B/OF/LHP, Ranney

SSN Ocean County Player of the Week: Matt Ferrara, Jr., SS, Toms River East

SSN Shore Conference Player of the Week: Check Back Thursday

Class A North Player of the Week

Brevin Bezick, Middletown South

Bezick hit a modest .286 last week (4-for-14) but he was on base on 50 percent of his plate appearances, three of his four hits went for extra-bases and he drove in seven runs in five games, including the game-tying two-run double in the seventh-inning comeback vs. Manalapan. On top of the run production at the plate, Bezick picked up a win in each of his two starts on the mound for the red-hot Eagles.

Class A North Honorable Mention: Jack Concordia, Middletown South; Mike Avino, Freehold Twp.; Will Fahey, CBA; Jaxon Sevilla, CBA; Dan Annunziata, Colts Neck; R.J. Conover, Colts Neck; Kyle McCarthy, Colts Neck; Joe Zito, Howell; Anthony Foti, Manalapan; Dave Ghibesi, Manalapan; Mike Frandsen, Middletown South; Carmine DeCrescenzo, Middletown South; Andrew Marquis, Middletown South; Mike Consolazio, Marlboro; Jack Rivlin, Marlboro; C.J. Svoboda, Freehold Twp.; Dante Farrel-Brown, Middletown South; Gabe Ahlemeyer, Middletown North; Dylan Briggs, Middletown North; Alipio Figueroa, Middletown North


Class A Central Player of the Week

Luke Lonczak, Red Bank Catholic

The freshman played his way into the lineup early in the season and just keeps getting better. Last week, Lonczak was 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles and eight RBI in four games.

Class A Central Honorable Mention: Joe Santi, Shore; Mike Milevoi, Monmouth; Sean Griggs, Red Bank Catholic; C.J. Sears, Shore; Cole Stefanelli, Shore; Dane Rue, Wall; Max Dantoni, Red Bank Catholic; Nick Rakoski, Holmdel; Evan Booth, Monmouth; Will Theobald, Monmouth; Phil Kramer, Raritan; Gavin D’Aponte, Rumson-Fair Haven; Max Mazzucca, Rumson-Fair Haven; Andrew Barham, Shore


Class A South Player of the Week

Matt Ferrara, Toms River East

Classmate Gavin Toth was named the MVP of the Ocean County Tournament championship game, but Ferrara deserved his props as well. He was 4-for-11 with a double, two triples and four RBI during the week, including what might have been the biggest swing of Toms River East’s season so far: a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth of the Raiders’ 8-5 win over Jackson Memorial in the OCT final.

Class A South Honorable Mention: Dane Jorgensen, Jackson Memorial; Gavin Toth, Toms River East; Jimi Popp, Brick Memorial; Gabe Tomei, Southern; Brady Lesiak, Southern; Nick Garbooshian, Brick Memorial; Peyton Horning, Brick; Jayden Espana, Brick; Cristian Soto, Central; Gavin Arieno, Central; Jack Tietjen, Central; Nick Izzo, Jackson Memorial; Collin McCarron, Jackson Memorial; Brian Harper, Southern; Ray Mulhern, Southern; Mike Vaccarino, Toms River East; Luke Brush, Toms River East; Vinny Vergona, Toms River North; Dom Urso, Toms River North


Class B North Player of the Week

Ryan Costello, Ranney

Costello makes it back-to-back B North Player of the Week awards with three more homers on his pursuit of Shore Conference history. The senior crushed two homers and pitched three relief innings in a big 7-6 win over Matawan, then swatted another homer in the Panthers’ 13-1 win over Shore in the Monmouth County Tournament first round.

Class B North Honorable Mention: Bodhi Lettieri, Ocean; Sean Hart, Matawan; Connor Tongring, Ocean; Sal Tantillo, St. John Vianney; Kevin DiPede, St. John Vianney; J.D. Teza, Manasquan; Ben Robinson, Ocean; Jack Kelly, Ocean; Tommy Ruth, Red Bank; Ryan Robinson, Red Bank; Nick Mirto, St. John Vianney; Curt Chropuvka, Ranney; Grayson Testino, Ranney; Andrew Parisi, Ranney; Nick Montello, Freehold Boro; Xander Bartuk, Freehold Boro; Tyler Kuncken, Freehold Boro; Aidan Rivera, Freehold Boro; Sal Cassano, Matawan


Class B Central Player of the Week

Tyler Hager, St. Rose

Plenty of Purple Roses players put up numbers last week and Hager indeed just that. What made Hager’s week standout was his hitting performance in what might have been St. Rose’s biggest win of the year. The freshman was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 6-4 win over Colts Neck in the Monmouth County Tournament first round.

Class B Central Honorable Mention: Frank Soos, St. Rose; Jack Tiernan, St. Rose; Carson Pfeiffer, Point Beach; Brody Powers, Point Beach; Antonio Acevedo, Point Beach; James Doster, St. Rose; Danny Lubach, Point Beach; Chris Parmigiani, Henry Hudson; Marshall Colangelo, Henry Hudson; James Valle, Keansburg; Michael Burke, Keansburg; Manny Ramirez, Keansburg; Mikey Clayton, Keansburg; Ryan Byrne, Keyport; Jaylen Brooks, Long Branch; Tommy Conroy, Point Beach


Class B South Player of the Week

Brett Benecke, Jackson Liberty

It was not easy to get Benecke out last week, when the Jackson Liberty senior went 6-for-9 (.667) with three walks, two hit-b-pitches, a homer, seven runs scored and seven RBI for a Lions team that has been scoring a ton.

Class B South Honorable Mention: Dave Yorke, Donovan Catholic; Tyler Levine, Donovan Catholic; Jack Kanis, Jackson Liberty; Mason Ciccariello, Jackson Liberty; Tyler Carll, Barnegat; Colin Menafra, Jackson Liberty; Tyler Preston, Lacey; Anthony Carino, Manchester; Pat McKay, Manchester; Evan Palmer, Manchester; Ryan Acquisto, Point Boro; Bryson Kirby, Point Boro; Matt Lokerson, Point Boro; Wyatt DeWysocki, Point Boro


Wild Cards

Dane Jorgensen, Jackson Memorial

During Jackson Memorial’s busy week, which included two Ocean County Tournament games and three Class A South division games against the top two teams in the division standings, Jorgensen drove in 10 runs – the most RBI of any player in the Shore last week.

Joe Santi, Shore

Santi tore it up last week for Shore, which went 4-1 with Santi going 10-for-14 (.714) with a double and a triple in the five games.


Pitchers of the Week

SSN Monmouth County Pitcher of the Week: Rob Stock, Sr., LHP, Shore

SSN Ocean County Pitcher of the Week: Jake Marciano, Sr., LHP, Donovan Catholic

SSN Shore Conference Pitcher of the Week: Check Back Thursday

Class A North Pitcher of the Week

Danny DiTullio, CBA

Howell is starting to get it together after hitting a slide in late April, but the resurgent Rebels had no answer for DiTullio. The sophomore southpaw pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 CBA win over Howell in the Monmouth County Tournament quarterfinals.

Class A North Honorable Mention: Lex Nelsen, Freehold Twp.; Zach Hampton, Middletown North; Chris Levonas, CBA; Brevin Bezick, Middletown South; Dylan Neves, Colts Neck; Matt Padalec, Marlboro; Rohan Shah, Howell; Phil Christopher, Howell; Jake Jensen; Howell; Dylan Kane, Manalapan; Sujay Sesha, Marlboro


Class A Central Pitcher of the Week

Declan Leary, Red Bank Catholic

Leary threw two gems last week for RBC – one to keep the Caseys in the Class A Central hunt and another to advance them to the Monmouth County Tournament semifinals. He pitched a one-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Holmdel to open the week, then closed it with a four-hitter in a 7-1 RBC win over Ranney in the MCT quarterfinals.

Class A Central Honorable Mention: Rob Stock, Shore; Luke Buda, Holmdel; Collin Denton, Monmouth; John Catanio, Wall; Christian Suarez, Wall; Ryan Prior, Red Bank Catholic; John Molnar, Raritan; Jack Vallillo, Holmdel; Alan Warren, Raritan; Owen O’Toole, Rumson-Fair Haven


Class A South Pitcher of the Week

Chase Macri, Central

Take your pick between Central teammates Macri and Vinny Berardi this week after both pitched shutouts in wins over Toms River South last week. Macri gets the nod here for pitching a seven-inning shutout, which was a two-hitter with no walks and four strikeouts in an 8-0 win over the Indians.

Class A South Honorable Mention: Vinny Berardi, Central; Zach Pirnik, Brick Memorial; Peyton Horning, Brick; Roger Dreher, Southern; Brady Lesiak, Southern; Brendan Lavin, Toms River East


Class B North Pitcher of the Week

Tommy Kowaliwskyj, Ocean

Tommy K nailed down two wins last week over Red Bank and St. Rose and flashed his strikeout prowess in the process. The junior right-hander punched out 22 batters in 11 innings across the two starts.

Class B North Honorable Mention: Austin Griffith, Manasquan; Hunter Morgan, Neptune; P.J. Whitehead, Red Bank; Zach Messina, Ranney; Cole Hurley, Freehold Boro; Andrew Gendi, Matawan


Class B Central Pitcher of the Week

Carlos Torres, Long Branch

Long Branch picked up a big win over Henry Hudson last week thanks to a dazzling performance from Torres. The junior pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 2-1 Green Wave win.

Class B Central Honorable Mention: Jack Tiernan, St. Rose; Chris Parmigiani, Henry Hudson; Teddy Fariello, Henry Hudson; Aiden Winters, Henry Hudson; James Valle, Keyport; Bennet Moberg, Point Beach


Class B South Pitcher of the Week

Jake Marciano, Donovan Catholic

Marciano held the No. 2 team in the state to one run on three hits and four walks while striking out 10 over six innings as Donovan Catholic knocked off Don Bosco on the road on Saturday.

Class B South Honorable Mention: Anthony Woods, Jackson Liberty


Wild Cards

Rob Stock, Shore

Stock started Shore’s week with a three-hit shutout and finished it the same way. He struck out 11 in a win over Rumson-Fair Haven and in his next outing, his second three-hit shutout of the week included six punchouts in a Blue Devils win over Ewing.

Lex Nelsen, Freehold Twp.

Freehold Township handled Ocean in a Monmouth County Tournament consolation bracket game thanks to the mound effort of Nelsen. The senior pitched a four-hit complete game with one earned run allowed, no walks and eight strikeouts in a 9-1 Patriots win.


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