LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fairfield’s Makenna Steele, South Stanly’s Mary Ryan Hinson, Southwestern Heights’ Roxy Stone and Oaks Christian’s Rylee McCoy were named 2023 MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week. The quartet garnered recognition for games played March 20-26.
Steele started the season a perfect 7-for-7 with two doubles, a triple, home run and six RBI. She reached base safely in all eight plate appearances and slugged 2.000. She opened the 2023 campaign 4-for-4, with three RBI and was a home run short of the cycle in a 7-5 win over Eklhart. Steele added a 3-for-3 outing against Bremen in which she drove in three more runs and scored four times, while falling a triple short of the cycle.
Hinson was 10-for-10 and reached base safely in all 12 plate appearances. She doubled twice, homered, scored eight runs and added five RBI. In a pair of wins over South Stanly, she was a combined 8-for-8 with a double, home run, four RBI and five runs scored. Hinson drove in all four runs and scored four times in the first meeting against the Comets. The junior crossed the dish three times and drew a pair of walks versus Central Davidson.
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Stone opened her 2023 campaign a perfect 9-for-9 with six RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases as her squad split a doubleheader against Hugoton. She was 5-for-5, doubled twice, drove in four and added three runs in game two. In the season opener, Stone recorded a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
McCoy powered Oaks Christian to three wins last week, going 12-for-12 at the plate with six doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI and nine runs scored. She drew a pair of walks, reaching base in all 14 plate appearances and slugging 2.250. McCoy set personal single-game career marks when she finished 6-for-6 with three doubles, and 10 RBI versus Calbasas. She also added six RBI (second highest career total) against Arroyo Grande. In that contest, the junior doubled and homered twice, while also registered four hits and four runs scored.
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