LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Natalie Herrington (Petal High School / Petal, Miss.), Baylea Brandon (Leander High School / Leander, Texas) and Maame Johnson (Stansbury High School / Stansbury Park, Utah) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. The trio garnered recognition for contests played March 15-21.
Herrington twirled a pair of no-hitters and struck out 31, lifting Petal to a pair of victories last week. The freshman hurler fanned 19 and walked just one in a 6-0 triumph over Greene County. One day later, Herrington allowed an unearned run, sat down 12 and did not issue a free pass against Poplarville. She also went 2-for-3 in each contest with a double in the first game and an RBI in game two.
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Brandon hit .750 (9-for-12), launched four home runs, scored nine runs (three times each game) and drove in nine. She added a triple and slugged 1.916. Against East View, Brandon left the yard twice and recorded three RBI in a 6-5 victory. The senior outfielder also homered against Liberty Hill and Cedar Park, driving in four runs versus the latter Timberwolves.
Johnson was 10-for-11 at the plate and reached base safely in 11-of-12 plate appearances. She drove in eight runs, scored 10 times and slugged 1.909 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. Both longballs came against Ogden in which Johnson was 4-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored. The senior outfielder added a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored versus Hunter. Johnson tallied three more runs and doubled in a 13-3 win over West Jordan.
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 the five separate high school regions being selected. In the fall season, one representative is chosen from the participating regions.
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 Max Preps 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.