LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Galway’s (N.Y.) Amber Kolpakas, Hutsonville/Palestine’s (Ill.) Izzy Sheets, Fuquay-Varina’s (N.C.) Madison Davis, Pantego Christian’s (Texas) Ava Castillo and Hanford West’s (Calif.) Gracyn Coleman are this week’s MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week honorees. The five student-athletes garnered recognition for games played May 9-15.
Kolpakas went 3-0 in the circle with 25 strikeouts, just one walk, 11 hits and eight runs (none earned) over 19 innings. She fanned at least seven in all three contests, including nine twice. In those two high-strikeout games, she allowed just two hits each. Kolpakas also helped herself at the plate with a .454 average, four runs, a double, triple, homer and four RBI.
Sheets fanned 40 batters and allowed just three hits, no runs and three walks over 20 innings of action. She reached double digits in strikeouts in all three games, with 14 in a one-hitter against Paris, 11 in a no-hitter versus Wayne City and a week-best 15 in an eight-inning, two-hitter against Oblong. Sheets also drove in seven runs with a double and homer, and had a .625 average.
Davis pitched the Bengals to a pair of victories, and improved to 13-1 for the season. She struck out seven and allowed one hit over four innings in a 13-0 rout of Northern Durham, then fanned eight and allowed five hits and an unearned run two days later against Wakefield.
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Castillo was a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate over two games against Trinity Christian, with six runs, two doubles, a triple, two homers and nine RBI. All three of her hits in the first matchup went for extra bases, including two homers, and then she doubled and tripled among her four hits in the second meeting.
Coleman reached base in all 10 plate appearances, with six hits, three walks and one hit by pitch. She was a perfect 6-for-6, with six runs, three doubles, two homers and nine RBI. In a game against Dinuba, she homered twice and drove in seven runs.
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 high school and collegiate weekly player & pitcher of the week award, 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.