CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove High School Panthers baseball team has been on a winning streak lately, proving they are a team to beat. Although every player has worked hard for a streak like that, there is one player that stands out. That player is Ryan Turi and he is this week’s TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Panther Athlete of the Week.
“I'm honored to be recognized as athlete of the week since there are so many great athletes in town,” Turi said.
So far this season, Turi has a .421 batting average, 12 stolen bases and is leading the team with 14 RBIs. The high school junior said he is happy with his stats so far and hopes to keep improving on them.
As a team, the Panthers have been doing well so far as well, with the team winning five out of the last six games.
“A challenge for the team this season has been not playing on our home field until Friday against Caldwell,” Turi said. “For myself, it has been a challenge batting fourth, where I don't get a lot of great pitches.”
Although the season has its challenges, Turi said the highlight of his season was beating Caldwell 7-5 at the home opener of the high school’s new field. Cedar Grove lost to Caldwell in extra innings in their first game against them, so that made this win even sweeter.
The third baseman hopes to finish his season batting over .400 and for the team, he hopes the Panthers will win the sectional final.
“I love baseball because of the unexplainable feeling of making a great play or getting a hit,” Turi said of his love for the game. “And knowing that I helped the team win.”
Coach Randy Nelson has also noticed Turi’s talent and dedication to the game, and said he has seen tremendous improvement in the promising athlete’s skill.
“Ryan Turi has been having a great season for us. He had always hit at the lower levels, and had stepped right in at varsity and hasn't skipped a beat,” Nelson said. “He worked hard in the off season to get ready for this season, and it absolutely shows.”