LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Orchard Park’s (N.Y.) Ava Farina, Hazel Park’s (Minn.) Ashia Estell, South Central’s (N.C.) Haven Roebuck, Spring’s Mariah DeBose and Carbon’s (Utah) Haven Byerly were named 2023 MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week. The quintet garnered recognition for games played April 10-16.
Farina tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts last week. She posted a one-hitter with 13 punchouts and one walk against Clarence. The sophomore hurler followed up with a three-hit blanking of Lancaster with 12 strikeouts and one walk. Farina added a double and RBI versus Clarence and two base knocks against Lancaster.
Estell went 7-for-7 with six extra-base hits, a 2.857 slugging percentage and reached base safely in all 10 plate appearances. She doubled, recorded three triples, homered twice, drove in 10 runs and scored nine times. Estell was a double short of the cycle with four RBI and two runs scored in game one versus Southfield Arts & Tech. She added two triples and three runs scored in game two. Estell capped off her week with both her long balls, five RBI and four runs against Eastpointe.
Roebuck went 10-for-10 with a triple, home run, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. She drew three walks and slugged 2.100. Roebuck registered a pair of four-RBI outings against Northside-Jacksonville and C.B. Aycock, homering twice in the former. Roebuck went 4-for-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs scored against East Duplin.
South Central Region
DeBose homered three times, drove in nine runs and slugged 2.250 last week for the Lions. All three home runs and eight of her RBI came in a win over Dekaney. In that contest, DeBose was 4-for-5 and also scored four runs. In her other contest, she was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases against MacArthur.
Byerly twirled a pair of no-hitters and struck out 29 batters over 14 innings last week. She fanned a season-best 16 and walked two in a 4-0 triumph over Morgan. Byerly added 13 more strikeouts with one free pass versus Emery.
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