LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Immaculate Heart Academy’s (Washington Township, N.J.) Ryleigh White, Constitution’s (Philadelphia) Ellie Benedict, Bishop McNamara’s (Forestville, Md.) Makayla Marbury, Marion County’s (Lebanon, Ky.) Haley Mattingly and White Pine’s (Ely, Nev.) Eva Kingston were selected MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Players of the Week for their outstanding play during the week of April 8-14.
White tossed 17 innings of hitless and shutout ball, striking out 42 and walking just two batters. She also was 7-for-12 at the plate with a home run and six RBI. White twirled no-hitters against Clifton and DePaul Catholic, striking out 20 and 12 respectively. She issued one walk in each of those contests, facing just one batter over the minimum. The junior hurler fanned 10 in a five innings of work versus Livingston, adding a home run and four RBI in the 5-0 victory.
Benedict slugged an eye-popping 3.375 by homering six times in her eight at bats, leading the Generals to a pair of big wins last week. She recorded eight hits in as many at bats, registered 17 RBI and scored seven times. The sophomore clubbed four of those long balls with a double, ten RBI and five runs scored versus Parkway West. She added two more homers, including a grand slam, seven RBI against Thomas A. Edison.
Marbury, was 8-for-8 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored. She drew five walks, reaching base safely in all 13 plate appearances, and slugged 2.375. Against Our Lady of Good Counsel, Benedict went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. She posted three more RBI with a double and triple in game one against The Academy of the Holy Cross. Marbury added another long ball in game two versus the Tartans and scored three times despite not having an official at bat against Bishop O’Connell.
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Mattingly posted three wins last week, including a perfect game, and striking out 36. Here perfecto came against Danville, fanning 14 and retiring all 21 batters she faced. Mattingly twirled a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in a 6-0 triumph over Adair County. The junior also made an impact offensively, hitting .600 (6-for-10) with a double, home run and six RBI. Mattingly drove in two runs in each of the Knights’ three games, homering against Taylor County.
Kingston was a perfect 10-for-10, with three home runs, nine RBI and 11 runs scored in a three-game sweep of Battle Mountain. The sophomore outfielder, who homered in all three games, added four doubles and slugged 2.300. Her game two and three performances mirrored each other as Kingston went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. She added three more RBI and crossed the dish three times in game one.
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.orgevery 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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