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Nassau baseball players of the week
The playoffs have just kicked off in Nassau, and we’ve already seen some great performances in those opening games. Here are a few of the players who stood out in opening round games and a few who finished the regular season with strong efforts.
Austin Bilello, Lynbrook
Bilello allowed one run and struck out 10 in a complete-game win over Valley Stream South on May 6 and paced the offense by going 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
Joe Fusco, Clarke
Fusco came up big in Clarke’s Conference A-VI clinching win, hitting two home runs and striking out 11 while picking up the victory on the mound.
Jake Laine, Syosset
Laine pitched a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in Syosset’s 1-0 victory over Farmingdale in its opening game in the Class AA playoffs.
Anthony Pensato, Plainedge
Pensato led Plainedge over Division on May 6 by going 2-for-3 with a home run and scoring three runs. He also threw a three hit-shutout with six strikeouts in Plainedge’s first-round playoff win over Hewlett on May 11.
Kyle Ritchie, Garden City
Ritchie faced off against Wantagh ace Adam Aponte for the second time in a week and came away successful during the second matchup. Ritchie pitched a two-hit shutout to propel the Trojans in the first game of the Class A playoffs.
Aaron Rosenthal, Island Trees
Rosenthal pitched a one-hitter with one run allowed and 14 strikeouts in Island Trees' win over West Hempstead on May 6.
Matt Rothstein, Wheatley
Rothstein pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts and two walks in his last start of the regular season against Malverne on May 6 and followed it up with a dominating four hit, 11 strikeout effort in Wheatley’s opening round playoff game against Carle Place on May 11.
Jake Schwartz, Bellmore JFK
Schwartz went 3-for-6 with a grand slam and seven RBIs and capped his day with a walk-off two-run single to lead Bellmore JFK 11-10 over Mepham in a first-round playoff game.
Chris Stein, Bethpage
Stein pitched eight no-hit innings and struck out 10 batters in Bethpage’s 13-inning 2-1 win over North Shore in the first round of the playoffs on May 11.
Jack Zagaja, St. Dominic
The St. Dominic senior went 3-for-4 with three home runs, four runs scored and five RBIs in a victory over Holy Trinity on May 13.