By HockomockSports.com Staff
North Attleboro senior Nick Sinacola has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 10 through June 16. Sinacola is the 33rd player selected for the 2017-18 school year and the 10th player chosen during the spring season.
Sinacola had another big week for the Davenport division champions, allowing no earned runs over two starts and helping North Attleboro’s offense rack up 42 runs in three postseason games to clinch the Div. 2 South title in convincing fashion and advance to the state title game on Thursday night. In the playoffs, North has outscored opponents 42-4 and Sinacola has been a factor both at the plate and on the mound.
“Nick has been a great leader for us this season,” said North Attleboro head coach Mike Hart. “When he is on the mound, it gives a lot of confidence to our hitters, allowing them to be patient, to keep grinding to get to the opposing team’s pitchers. His maturity and trust in his abilities has allowed him to be successful, to be able to pitch the way he wants to.”
North got its playoff run started with a 5-0 win against Somerset-Berkley. Sinacola, a University of Maine-commit, tossed a complete game shutout, striking out 12 batters and allowing only two hitters to reach base. In addition to throwing a one-hitter, Sinacola also had a hit and scored once for the Rocketeers. In the semifinal against Dartmouth, Sinacola was part of an offensive explosion, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored, as North cruised to a 20-2 victory.
In the South final against league rival Oliver Ames, Sinacola was back on the hill and allowed only two hits and no earned runs over six innings while striking out seven. He also went 2-for-5 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in a pair for the Rocketeers in a 17-2 win that sends them to the state title game. Over three playoff games, the top four in the North lineup, including Sinacola in the second spot, batted nearly .600 with 25 runs scored and 21 RBI
The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.