LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sofia Knopf of Norton (Mass.) High School, Ashley Wruble of DuBois Central High (Pa.), Lexi Kilfoyl of Academy at the Lakes High (Land O’Lakes, Fla.), Kenedy Hines of Klein Collins High (Spring, Texas) and Elizabeth Avery of Bishop O’Dowd High (Oakland, Calif.) were selected MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Players of the Week for their outstanding play during the week of May 20-26.
Knopf twice struck out 13 or more batters in three victories for the Lancers. The junior fanned 13 in a five-inning no-hitter against Dover-Sherborn last Tuesday, then followed that up with 14 strikeouts in a six-inning, two-hitter versus Ashland on Wednesday. She struck out another seven in Thursday’s two-hit shutout of Bellingham, to give her 34 for the week, with just three walks, four hits and one run allowed.
Wruble was a perfect 8-for-8 (1.000) this past week for the Cardinals, with seven runs scored, two doubles, two homers, and eight RBI. The senior had five hits, including two doubles and a homer, plus five RBI in a lopsided victory over Otto-Eldred on Friday, and was 3-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and two steals against Coudersport last Tuesday.
Kilfoyl struck out a total of 19 while tossing a no-hitter and an one-hitter in back-to-back shutouts last week for the Wildcats. The senior pitched a five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts against Peniel Baptist Academy last Tuesday, then fanned 10 in a five-inning no-hitter versus Mount Dora Christian Academy. She also helped herself at the plate, going 4-for-8 (.500) with a double, triple, homer and six RBI.
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Hines allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in the circle last week. The senior struck out 20 and allowed just seven hits and one walk in her two contests. She fanned 11 in an one-hit shutout of Wylie on Thursday, then scattered six hits and struck out nine in a second matchup with Wylie the following day.
Avery hit .714 (10-for-14) with six runs scored, four doubles, two homers, and seven RBI, while also excelling in the circle. The senior was 3-for-4 with a grand slam and four RBI last Wednesday against Rancho Cotate, when she fanned nine in the circle. Avery had multiple hits in all four games, and struck out 11 or more in three of her victories. For the week, she fanned 50 and allowed just four earned runs, and seven walks over 28 innings.
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.
The MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring campaign with a player from each of five separate high school regions being selected. In the fall season, one representative is chosen from the participating regions.
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