Player of the Week honors were still up in the air heading into Sunday, but Byram Hills senior Anthony Russo made the decision a bit easier with his performance at the Christian Federico Tournament.
The right-hander threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in an 11-0 win over Saunders to put an exclamation point on his comeback season. Some of you may remember that Russo missed most of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, which had to make the no-no taste that much sweeter.
“It was tough to see my team out there while I was on the bench rooting for them,” Russo told me in the preseason. “I’m back to normal now. It feels wonderful.”
Earlier in the week, Russo threw a three-hitter in an 8-0 win over Port Chester. Over 14 innings last week, he did not allow a single run, issued only two walks and struck out 14. Not too shabby.
Russo’s reemergence, along with the presence of West Virginia-bound ace Frankie Vesuvio and a few other solid arms (such as Greg Giuliani and Jonathan Kaiser), makes the Bobcats look like state title contenders once again.
Others who were considered this week included Ossining’s Paul Cozzolino, Fox Lane’s Aaron Winkler, Bronxville’s Joe Pepe, White Plains’ Daniel Lotito, North Salem’s JB Healy, Dobbs Ferry’s Will Weitzman, Hen Hud’s Jack Attinelly, John Jay’s Chase Borowitz, Eastchester’s Greg Satriale, Pelham’s Riley Munson, Pleasantville’s Chris Satriale, Fox Lane’s Gleb Kharkin, Croton-Harmon’s Scott Giordano, Lakeland’s Rick Burroni, Iona Prep’s Joe LaSorsa and Mahopac’s Greg Cavaliere.
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