LOUISVILLE, Ky. – South Windsor’s (Conn.) Maria Hanchuk, Eastwood’s (Pemberville, Ohio) Ashley Hitchcock, Eleanor Roosevelt’s (Greenbelt, Md.) Lauryn Brooks, Southeast’s (Wichita, Kan.) Emily Fox and Silver’s (Silver City, N.M.) Ajia Richard were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for games played the week of April 16-22.
Hanchuck was 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts. She recorded a pair of shutouts, including a perfect game with 16 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Tolland. Hanchuck also twirled a five-hit shutout with eight punchouts and a walk in a 1-0 triumph over Ellington. In her final start of the week, the junior hurlers fanned 18, walked one and allowed a run on one hit in a victory against RHAM. Additionally, she chipped in with a home run and two RBI the final game of the week.
Hitchcock used her arm and her bat to help Eastwood to four victories last week. The junior hurler tossed a perfect game in which she recorded all but one out, fanning 20 batters in a 8-0 win over Woodridge. She also twirled three one-hit shutouts against Rossford (12 K, 0 BB), Buckeye (15 K, 1 BB) and Perry (19 K, 0 BB), the latter a 1-0 victory. For the week, Hitchcock surrendered just three hits, fanned 66 batters, walked just one and held her opposition to a 0.40 batting average. She hit .545 with a double, home run, seven RBI and three runs scored.
Brooks, a senior captain, was 8-for-9 (.889) with three home runs, 15 RBI and eight runs scored. She slugged 1.888, recorded a .917 on-base percentage and was a perfect 8-for-8 in steals, helping the Raiders to three wins last week. Brooks had a monster outing in game one of a doubleheader sweep of DuVal. She clubbed two long balls, drove in nine and scored three times in a 14-1 victory. Brooks followed that performance by going 2-for-3 with three more RBI and runs scored in the nightcap. In the first game of the week, she was 3-for-3 with a home run three RBI and two runs scored against Northwestern. The catcher was flawless in the field, making zero miscues in 27 attempts.
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Fox had a steady week at the plate for the Golden Buffalo, recording six multi-hit games and driving in two or more runs five times. For the week, she was 18-for-21 (.857) with three doubles, three triples, four home runs, 17 RBI and 17 runs scored. In a doubleheader sweep of South, Fox was 7-for-8 with a double, triple, two long balls, seven RBI and five runs. In the opener, she was a single shy of the cycle with four RBI. She homered and drove in four in game two against Liberal. Fox also left the yard and registered three RBI versus East.
Richard had a big week at the plate for the Fighting Colts, hitting .929 (13-for-14) with two doubles, five triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored (three in each game). She slugged 2.214 and recorded a .933 on-base percentage. The freshman tripled four times and drove in six runs in game two versus Hatch Valley. She doubled and homered with four RBI in game one. Richard continued her torrid week with a triple, long ball and five RBI versus Socorro in game one, followed by a 4-for-4 outing with a double and two RBI in the nightcap.
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2017-18 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week (Spring)
East- Shannon Becker | Mahopac (N.Y.) HS
North – Mackenzie McCarty | Alexandria (Ind.)-Monroe
South – Jada Santiago | North Johnston HS (Kenly, N.C.)
South Central – Morgan Fern | Fleming County HS (Flemingsburg, Ky.)
West - Tatum Spangler | Coronado HS (Henderson, Nev.)
East – Jessica Stettinger | East Haven (Conn.) HS
North – Gabby O’Riley | Mooresville (Ind.) HS
South – Maci Birdyshaw | Lawrence County HS (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.)
South Central – Montana Fouts | East Carter HS (Grayson, Ky.)
West – Kalea Smith | Payson (Ariz.) HS
East – Tayler Vitola | Appoquinimink HS (West Middletown, Del.)
North – Abbie May | St. Bede (Peru, Ill.)
South – Caitlin Griffin | North Buncombe HS (Westerville, N.C.)
South Central – Chevelle Sartin | Arkansas City (Kan.) HS
West – Raegan Breedlove \ Central Valley HS (Shasta Lake, Calif.)
East - Yanique Spencer | Baldwin (N.Y.) HS
North – Lexi Wagner | Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
South – Alexis Kilfoyl | Academy at the Lakes (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.)
South Central – Kendall Fritz | Wakeland HS (Frisco, Texas)
West – Madie Augusto | St. Ignatius HS (San Francisco, Calif.)
East - Janiece Robles | Cardinal Spellman (Bronx, N.Y.)
North – Maddie Peace | Regina Dominican (Wilmette, Ill.)
South – Karly Heath | North Augusta (S.C.) HS
South Central – Hallie Wacaser | Bentonville West (Centerton, Ark.)
West – Drea Schwaier | Yelm (Wash.) HS
South – Madyson Lamp | Hernando High School (Brooksville, Fla.)
South Central – Nadia Valverde | Hanks High School (El Paso, Texas)
West – Jordyn Hutchins | Woodland (Calif.) Christian
South – Anna Hood | Locust Fork (Ala.) HS
South Central – Kathryn Marshall | Brenham (Texas) High School
West – Mya Villareal | North valley Military Institute (Granada Hills, Calif.)
South - Aspen Wesley | Neshoba Central HS (Philadelphia, Miss.)
South Central – Biveana Figueroa | Natlia (Texas) HS
West – Izabel Enriquez | Buena High School (Sierra Vista, Ariz.)
2017-18 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week (Fall)
10/23/17 – Caroline Newton | Worth County HS (Sylvester, Ga.)
10/16/17 – Madeline Vejvoda | Papillion (Neb.) La-Vista HS
10/9/17 – Alexandria Kilponen | Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
10/2/17 – Tracy Mosley | Mundy’s Mill High School (Jonesboro, Ga.)
9/25/17 – Sevi Harden | Thomas Jefferson High School (Denver, Colo.)
9/18/17 – Brooke Huitt | Lathrop (Mo.) High School
9/11/17 – Tori Kniesche | Wayne (Neb.) High School
9/5/17 – Addison Purvis | Sullivan (Mo.) High School
8/28/17 – Adrienne Visintine | Chaparral High School (Parker, Colo.)
8/21/17 – Katherine Snavely | Brookstone School (Columbus, Ga.)
8/14/17 – Kelley Lynch | East Coweta High School (Sharpsburg, Ga.)