LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Alex Hammond of Cheverus High School (Portland, Maine), Madi Waltman of Warrior Run High School (Turbotville, Pa.), Jaden Vickers of Crystal River (Fla.) High School, Jeanay Riley of DuPont Manual High School (Louisville, Ky.) and Deijah Pangilinan of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School (Vallejo, Calif.) were selected MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Players of the Week for their outstanding play during the week of May 13-19.
Five of Hammond’s six hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. She slugged 2.125, drove in eight runs and scored five times in wins over Kennebunk and Gorham. Hammond was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI in each contest. She left the yard twice versus Gorham and one against Kennebunk.
Waltman was a workhorse in the circle, going 4-0 with four shutouts, striking out 54 batters and scattering seven hits over 24 innings. She struck out 13 in a five-inning no-hitter against Towanda. Waltman punched out 18 in a two-hit shutout of Lewisburg. She fanned 14 and nine batters against Mifflinburg and Midd-West, respectively.
Vickers was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 17 innings of work last week. She went all 10 innings with 19 punchouts and two walks in a 2-1 win over Belleview. She also drove in a run against the Rattlers. Vickers, a senior, twirled a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in a 2-0 triumph over Robinson. She added two hits and a double versus the Knights.
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Over a four-game stretch, Riley keyed Manual to a 3-1 week in which she hit .667 (8-for-12) with a double, three triples, three homers, 10 RBI and a 2.000 slugging percentage. The junior recorded three multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 outing with a double, triple, two RBI versus South Oldham. Riley tripled, homered and drove in five runs versus Thomas Nelson. She also recorded a triple and long ball against Silver Creek and homered against nationally-ranked No. 3 Male High School.
Pangilinan hit .875 (7-for8) with five home runs and a 2.750 slugging percentage. She scored nine runs and recorded a .889 on-base percentage. Three of her long balls came in a win over Salesian College Prep in which she was 4-for-5 with five RRBI and five runs scored. In Pangilinan’s first game of the week, the she was a perfect 3-for-3 against El Molino with two dingers, six RBI and three 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.
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.
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.