Baseball – VOTE: Ocean County Sports Medicine Week 2 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. Voting ends Thursday at 10 p.m., with the winner receiving a Player of the Week shirt courtesy of Ocean County Sports Medicine.
Class A North Player of the Week
Gavin Kus, CBA
Kus hit safely in all four games CBA played last week and finished that stretch 8-for-10 with three doubles and a home run. The senior outfielder drove in nine runs in CBA’s last two wins, with four coming in a win over Whitney Young (Ill.) in Myrtle Beach and five coming in a resounding 15-3 win over Freehold Township.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Hunter Del Guercio, CBA; Josh Mack, Marlboro; Julian Umanzor; Nick Todisco, Howell; Joe Zito, Howell; Russell Halvorsen, Howell; Evan Wood, Middletown South; Louis D’Alessio, Middletown South; Stephen Boguszewski, Middletown South; Joe Bartos, Middletown South; Ryan Kopf, Freehold Twp.; Sean Keegan, Freehold Twp.; Giacomo Calamita, Freehold Twp.
Class A Central Player of the Week
Brian Doherty, Rumson-Fair Haven
This is a take-your-pick award among a bevy of Rumson players: Charlie Tallman, Liam Murphy, Aaron Del Tin, Matt Rigby. The nod goes to Doherty, who had a torrid week at the plate. In four games, the senior went 8-for-10 with two doubles, a home run, eight runs scored and three RBI. On Saturday vs. Ranney, Doherty reached base during both of Rumson’s rallies in the 3-2 win and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Shane Andrus, Red Bank Catholic; George Krenkel, Ocean; Tim Haggerty, Holmdel; Joey Esposito, Monmouth; James Kelly, Monmouth; Charlie Tallman, Rumson-Fair Haven; Aaron Del Tin, Rumson-Fair Haven; Liam Murphy, Rumson-Fair Haven; Shane Garrett, Ocean; Christian Zito, Monmouth; Rob Scarola, Raritan; Cole Stefanelli, Shore; Lucas Rosa, Shore; Rich Barton, Shore; Ryan Rogers, St. Rose
Class A South Player of the Week
Charlie Meglio, Jackson Memorial
Meglio has been locked in throughout the start of his junior season and last week, he went 5-for-8 with three homers, a double and eight RBI. The Campbell commit homered in a win over Toms River East, followed that up with a two-homer, five-RBI game in a win over Toms River North and added a double in a loss at Malvern Prep (Pa.).
Class A South Honorable Mention: Stephen Stafford, Southern; A.J. Grygiel, Brick; Dante Carr, Toms River East; Aidan Gallipoli, Toms River East; Ryan Turner, Brick Memorial; Brady Leach, Brick Memorial; Dom Masino, Central; Cam Leiter, Central; Anthony Musso, Central; Aidan Folsom, Toms River South; A.J. Chesney, Toms River North; Mike Erli, Toms River South; Ryan Baker, Toms River North
Class B North Player of the Week
Brady Oswick, St. John Vianney
Oswick has been a hit machine all year for the Lancers and last week, he did major damage to help his SJV squad put up 32 runs in three games. In those three games – two wins and a tie – Oswick went a combined 9-for-12 with three doubles, a triple, seven runs scored and three RBI. In the 13-8 win over No. 8 Colts Neck, the senior shortstop went 5-for-5 with a double and four runs scored to help lead the way.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Jerry Winchester, Wall; Gabe Cavazzoni, Wall; Jake Howlett, Wall; Ryan Cole, Neptune; Jake Brigandi, Matawan; Nathan Ruth, Red Bank; Tommy Ruth, Red Bank; Jake Cohen, Red Bank; Chris Scully, Colts Neck; Matteo Pasculli, St. John Vianney
Class B Central Player of the Week
Colin Matuschat, Point Beach
Point Beach ran the table this week and Matuschat’s bat was on fire during the five-game winning streak. The senior went 8-for-14 with a double, triple and eight RBI, including an RBI in a 5-4 win over Group IV West Windsor-Plainsboro South to cap the week.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Phil Trebour, Point Beach; Hunter Roselli, Point Beach; Andrew Valle, Keansburg
Class B South Player of the Week
P.J. Craig, Barnegat
Craig was a force at the plate in three games last week, going 4-for-8 and reaching base seven out of 11 trips he took to the batter’s box for the Bengals. Included in that sample were two home runs and six RBI and the senior did not stop there. Craig also pitched six strong innings to deliver Barnegat a huge, 8-3, win over Donovan Catholic.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Rylan Messina, Lacey; Stephen DeMilio, Pinelands; Rian O’Rourke, Pinelands; Nate Sofield, Pinelands; Tommy Laspina, Point Boro; Bryson Kirby, Point Boro; Rocco Scarpitti, Donovan Catholic
Shane Andrus, Red Bank Catholic
Red Bank Catholic’s junior catcher brought the thunder in two games this week, going 4-for-6 with all four hits going for extra-bases. He smoked two triples in a road win at St. Rose and then went 2-for-3 with a double and his third home run of the season in a second win over the Purple Roses.
Stephen Stafford, Southern
Toms River East cooled off Stafford on Thursday, holding the senior to a 0-for-4 performance and even with that, Southern’s two-way standout still had a great week at the plate. In the three games prior, Stafford went 7-for-8 with three runs and three RBI, including a home run in a 13-8 loss to Brick Memorial.