LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Melbourne’s (Fla.) Jasmine Francik, White’s (Dallas, Texas) Whitney Foster and Cactus Shadows’ (Cave Creek, Ariz.) Kira Day were named 2023 MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Players of the Week. The trio garnered recognition for games played March 6-12.
Francik twirled four complete game shutouts, highlighted by a perfect game against Centennial. She struck out 73 batters, walked five and surrendered six hits over 29 innings of work. In the 6-0 win over Centennial, Francik collected 18 punchouts and retired all 21 batters she faced. The junior righty opened the week with a two-hit, 20-strikeout performance in an eight-inning win over Viera. She added 16 and 19 strikeouts in one- and three-hit outings versus Bayside and Dwyer.
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Foster batted .600 (9-for-15) and drove in 17 runs, powering the Longhorns to four wins last week. Eight of her nine hits went for extra bases with three doubles, three triples, and two home runs. Foster slugged 1.600 and scored six times. She registered a season-high eight RBI with a pair of doubles and one triple against Hillcrest. The sophomore launched her other long ball, drove in five more runs and scored twice against Kimball. Francik made four appearance in the circle, including a complete-game win over Molina in which she allowed an earned run on three hits with 14 strikeouts and two walks.
Day hit .889 (8-for-9) with three home runs 12 RBI and eight runs scored. She also tripled, drew three walks and did not strike out over 12 plate appearances, posting .917 on-base and 2.111 slugging percentages. Day homered twice, drove in seven runs and scored three times in a 15-12 triumph over Verrado. She added three hits, two RBI and two runs scored against Ironwood. Day other long ball with three more RBI and three runs scored came in a win over Mountain Pointe.
MaxPreps.com, the official high school statistical provider of the NFCA, provides all statistics for the NFCA High School Player of the Week award. To nominate a player for the award, the coach must enter his or her athlete's game stats into MaxPreps.com by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s award.
Winners are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring campaign with a player from each of five separate MaxPreps’ high school regions being selected.
MaxPreps is a free stat tool that is available to high school coaches across the country and is one of the most recognized and respected high school athletics websites on the internet. Coaches who enter their team’s stats on MaxPreps will not only be nominating their players for this award, but they will be getting their team’s information out to thousands of high school sports fans, as well as college coaches across the country.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention.
MaxPreps/NFCA High School Softball Players of the Week