(After games of Tuesday, May 15)
One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Jeremy Ake, Hunterdon Central (Flemington, N.J.)
The junior second baseman impressed in a 3-0 week for his team, including an 8-5 victory over previously unbeaten Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.). In that win, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, two stolen bases and three RBIs. Overall, he was 7-for-10 with two homers, a double, a triple, seven runs, six RBIs and three stolen bases during the week, in which he also celebrated his 17th birthday. The three-game effort boosted his season batting average to .490 with eight extra base hits, 24 runs, 19 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
Kyle Marsh, Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Just a sophomore, Marsh has been spectacular so far in the Class 8A state playoffs. Although he had a perfect game and a no-hitter in his previous two starts, it’s what Marsh did against POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Olympia (Orlando, Fla.) in last week’s regional final that was even bigger. His two hits allowed in six innings helped the Hawks beat Olympia 8-1 and knock that team from the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Olympia came into that game at 29-0. Marsh, who has committed to Central Florida, had a perfect game with 13 strikeouts two weeks ago in a 4-0 win over Seminole (Sanford, Fla.). Next came a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the Hawks beat Flagler (Palm Coast, Fla.) 1-0. Entering this week’s state semifinals against Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.), Marsh has just two hits allowed in his last 20 playoff innings.
Steve Duby, Maumee (Ohio)
The junior right-handed pitcher/shortstop hurled a 4-0 no-hitter against Perrysburg (Ohio) in a Division 1 sectional tournament title game. He struck out 10 batters and allowed only two base runners -- one on a hit batter and the other on a walk. He also helped his own cause by going 4-for-4 at the plate and knocking in a run. Duby has committed to West Virginia.
Zane Gurwitz, Churchill (San Antonio)
Already committed to Texas, this junior infielder/pitcher led the Chargers to a sweep of King (Corpus Christi, Texas) in last week’s Class 5A state playoffs. In the first game, Gurwitz slugged a homer and went 2-for-3 in a 3-1 triumph. In the second game, he pitched five no-hit innings and went 2-for-5 with a run scored in a 3-2 victory. Heading into this week’s regional semifinals, Gurwitz has gone 9-for-20 in his last five games and has pushed up his season batting average to .520. He also has 41 runs scored, 42 RBIs, five homers and 21 stolen bases. Last year as a sophomore, Gurwitz was named to the San Antonio Express-News Super Team with a .412 average and 54 runs scored.
Quintin Torres-Costa, Waiakea (Hilo, Hawaii)
The senior pitcher, who has signed with the University of Hawaii tossed six no-hit innings in leading the Warriors past Baldwin (Wailuku, Hawaii) 5-2 in the Division I state championship. Torres-Costa had to come out of the game due to a state pitch-limit rule. His dominant outing featured 13 strikeouts, including one stretch of 12 in a row. Torres-Costa also had a six-hit shutout in Waiakea’s 5-0 triumph over Castle (Kaneohe, Hawaii) in the semifinals. Waiakea won its first state baseball title in the first state final that didn’t involve a school from Oahu since 1984. The Hawks also ended with a 20-0 record in their league and playoff games.