Picking a #lohudbaseball Player of the Week is never easy, but when you hear about a kid who hit not one, but two walk-off homers in the span of a few days, it becomes very difficult to overlook.
Clarkstown South senior Matt DeBlasio began the week by saving the Vikings from what could have been a crushing defeat on Tuesday. They were leading Scarsdale, 6-0, but the Raiders rallied to tie it at 6-6. In the seventh, DeBlasio blasted a solo shot to give South a big win and it’s first walk-off of the week. But it would only get better from there.
North Rockland had dominated the competition in Rockland County for the first month of the season, but the Vikings finally got the better of their league rival on Thursday, thanks in large part to DeBlasio. After Nick Apuzzo walked with the bases loaded to tie it in the seventh, DeBlasio hit a grand slam to send the Red Raiders home with a tough loss, once again in walk-off fashion. He finished the week with seven RBI in two wins as South is starting to look like a serious contender in Class AA.
Others who were considered this week included Lakeland’s Trevor McCarthy, Briarcliff’s Cameron Johnson, North Rockland’s Danny Wirchansky, Panas’ Steven Speedling, Pleasantville’s Drew Marino, Ossining’s Keenan Grimley, Pearl River’s Kevin Scrima, Nanuet’s Will Silverstone, John Jay-EF’s Mark Howell, Fox Lane’s Joe Fraioli, Tuckahoe’s Mike McLaughlin, Rye’s Keith Secon and Tappan Zee’s Justin Powell.
NOTE TO COACHES: If you’d like to nominate someone for player of the week in the future, you can send them to me on Twitter @vzmercogliano using the hashtag #POTW or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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