Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: Casey Marshalwitz, Hampton
By: Don Rebel
Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 10:09 PM
The Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week is Hampton senior Casey Marshalwitz, who was a combined 6 for 11 with five runs, two RBIs, a double and a walk in wins over Shaler and Moon and a loss to defending champion North Hills.
“Casey has done a great job of becoming more selective at the plate as the year has gone on, and that showed this past week,” first-year Hampton coach Kellen Wheeler said. He’s working the count and taking advantage of pitchers’ mistakes, allowing him to barrel the ball better.”
Marshalwitz, also a starting pitcher, threw five innings and got a no-decision Monday in a 5-3 victory over Shaler.
“As a pitcher, Casey is extremely polished,” Wheeler said. “He works ahead in the count and doesn’t make mistakes in the heart of the plate. When Casey isn’t pitching, you can find him in one of the corner outfield positions tracking down anything hit his way.”
In his first year at his alma mater, Wheeler said it has been great coaching Marshalwitz.
“Each time we give him the ball, we are confident he’s going to put us in a great position to win. At the plate, he certainly has a hot hand at the right time. Casey is a ‘yes-sir, no-sir’ kind of kid, and it’s been a pleasure to coach him this year.”
Hampton has clinched first place in the tough Section 2-5A and close section play Monday against Mars.
“We knew we had our work cut out for us when we saw the realignment of the section,” Wheeler said. “The hard work these kids put in day-in and day-out paid off with a section title. However, the ultimate goal is to win the WPIAL championship. With the talent these other schools possess, it’s not going to be easy.”
Andrew Muraco, Franklin Regional
Sophomore Andrew Muraco had three hits, including two doubles and a home run, four runs and four RBIs as Franklin Regional swept three section games. Muraco was the winning pitcher in two of those games, allowing one earned run in six innings in a victory over Kiski Area. He then threw a no-hitter and struck out 14 against Woodland Hills four days later.
Ryan Wallace, Kiski Area
Senior Ryan Wallace is doing his part to lead Kiski Area into the postseason. He was 6 for 13 with five runs scored, seven RBIs, two doubles and a home run as the Cavaliers went 2-1. Wallace picked up one of those victories by allowing no hits in four innings in a rout of Woodland Hills.
Colby Rockacy, Keystone Oaks
Senior Colby Rockacy was a combined 7 for 9 in three Section 3-3A wins as Keystone Oaks clinched the section championship. The Golden Eagles outscored their opponents 25-2 in the three wins.
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This Week’s Trib HSSN Team of the Week: Avonworth Antelopes
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