Let me just start off by saying that I hate ties and I hate co-winners of any kind. Most of the time (such as last week’s player of the week award), I’d rather just pick one winner and deal with whatever backlash I take.
This week, I truly couldn’t find a way to separate these two players, so I’m naming them my co-players of the week: North Rockland’s Kayla McDermott and Ursuline’s Angie Rizzi. For one, McDermott is a pitcher and Rizzi is a shortstop, so it’s hard to compare their performances; but looking at their performances, it’s tough to separate them.
North Rockland played only one game this week after Tuesday’s bout against Nyack was rained out. When the Red Raiders faced Clarkstown North on Wednesday, the Manhattan-committed junior tossed a 15-strikeout perfect game. Yes, North Rockland only played one game, compared to others (like Ursuline) who played three or four games, but when you toss a perfect game, you literally can’t do better than that.
If you had to hold a gun to my head for a solo winner, I’d pick McDermott.
I add Rizzi to the ballot because despite not getting many at-bats (but plenty of plate appearances), the junior slugger made the most of them, going 5-for-7 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs in three Ursuline wins — including a three-homer, seven-RBI mercy-rule game against New Rochelle.
Rizzi hit six homers all of last season, a total she matched five games into this season. Given her start, Rizzi is an obvious early candidate for Westchester/Putnam player of the year honors, but it’s doubtful she’ll have another three-homer week again, let alone a three-homer game.
As always, please send me your nominations for player of the week to firstname.lastname@example.org via email, @Zacchio_LoHud via Twitter, or in the comments section. I will post the winner every Sunday (although time of the post may vary).