LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Norton’s (Mass.) Kelly Nelson, Culver Academies’ (Ind.) Emily Lipsett, Dickson County’s (Tenn.), MaKray Odom, Sweetwater’s (Texas) Abby Garcia and Calvary Christian Academy’s (Calif.) Noemi Farfan have been named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for contests played April 11-17.
East Region – Kelly Nelson (Norton (Mass.) HS)
Keyed her squad to a 4-0 opening week. In the circle, Nelson was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 19 innings of work. She twirled three complete-game shutouts and struck out a season-high 15 in a complete-game 2-1 victory over Ashland. In the season opener, the sophomore hurler fanned 12 and allowed just one hit and did not walk a batter in a 7-0 triumph versus Medfield. She followed that with a five-inning one-hitter in which she struck out 13 Dover-Sherborn batters. In her other shutout, Nelson also struck out 13 and surrendered just three hits in a 3-0 win against Hopkinton. For the week, she walked just one batter and held her opposition to an .078 batting average, while chipping in at the plate with four hits, two doubles and four RBI.
North Region – Emily Lipsett (Culver (Ind.) Academies)
Lipsett was flawless at the plate in her first five games of the season. The sophomore was a perfect 16-for-16 and reached base safely in all 18 plate appearances. She registered four hits in each contest, scored 11 runs, knocked in five, doubled four times and added a triple and home run. Lipsett scored a week-high four runs against Culver Community and also crossed the dish three times versus South Bend Washington and South Bend Career Academy. She capped off her sensational week with two doubles, a homer and four RBI in a 16-0 defeat of South Bend Career Academy.
South Region – MaKray Odom (Dickson County HS – Dickson, Tenn.)
Odom hit .733 (11-for-15) with four doubles, four triples, a home run, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. She slugged 1.733 and registered an .733 on-base percentage. The senior captain hit for cycle- 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs- in a 12-0 win over Summit. She knocked in three runs versus South Fulton and Stewart County. In the latter contest, Odom doubled twice and also tripled.
South Central Region – Abby Garcia (Sweetwater (Texas) HS)
Garcia went 9-for-10 (.900) with three home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored in wins over Levelland and Lamesa last week. The senior centerfielder slugged a whopping 1.900 and recorded a .900 on-base percentage. She went 4-for-5 with a long ball, four RBI and two runs scored in a 20-4 win over Levelland. Against Lamesa, Garcia clubbed two home runs, her first multi-homer game of the season, and recorded season highs with five RBI and four runs scored.
West Region – Noemi Farfan (Calvary Christian – Chula Vista, Calif.)
Over a four-day, three-game stretch, Farfan was red hot, hitting .909 (10-for-11) with 20 RBI and an astronomical 2.636 slugging percentage. She raked in two doubles, four triples and three home run, while also walking twice to post a .923 on-base percentage. In her first game of the week, Farfan double, tripled, homered and registered eight RBI in a 17-1 victory over Escondido Adventist Academy. She continued her torrid run, going 4-for-4 with a double, two triples and six RBI against Foothills Christian. The sophomore utility closed out with two home runs and six RBI versus Southwest SD. Farfan also scored three runs in each contest.
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Previous 2015-16 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week
Raeanne Geffert | Seymour (Conn.) | East
Rachel Kedl | Red Rock Central (Minn.) | North
Corynn Miner | Admiral Farragut (Fla.) | South
Hannah James | East Jessamine ( Ky.) | South Central
Jadin Placencio | Cobre ( N.M.) | West
Cameron Lischinsky | Lakeland (N.Y.) | East
Maggie Balint | Avon Grove (Pa.) | North
Madison Aughinbaugh | St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) | South
Haidyn Bassett | Oskaloosa (Kan.) | South Central
Mikayla Rojas | Heritage Academy (Ariz.) | West
Jillian Weinstein | Half Hollows Hills West (N.Y.) | East
Ashley Swartout | Westfield (Ind.) | North
Rivers Andrews | Cedar Ridge (N.C.) | South
Jordan Carlson | Council Grove (Kan.) | South Central
Ashley Bodin | Spring Creek (Nev.) | West
Nicole Danyi | Baldwin (N.Y.) | East
Abby Marlow | New Athens (Ill.) | North
Mia Davidson | Orange (N.C.) | South
Grason Gasser | Bethlehem (Ky.) | South Central
Hailey Heeringa | Valley Christian (Ariz.) | West
Emily Merritt | Herford County (N.C.) | South
Aziah James | Spring (Texas) HS | South Central
Amanda Sink | Legacy (Nev.) HS | West
Hera Varma | Tampa Catholic (Fla.) HS | South
Tylar Vernon | Pangburn (Ark.) HS | South Central
Shaye Bowden | Sunnyslope (Ariz.) HS | West
Sarah Dugan | Oak Grove (La.) HS | South
Jordan Llinas | Cypress Woods (Texas) HS | South Central
Aurora Adams | Santiago (Calif.) HS | West
10/13 – Jessie Briley | Bishop Neuman (Neb.) HS | South Central
10/6 – Victoria Haugsness | North Platte (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/28 – Taylor Parham | Wilber-Clatonia (Neb.) HS | South Central
9/21 – Savannah Chalfant | Gilmer (Ga.) HS | South
9/14 – Madison Ingram | Bowling Green (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/7 – Riley Craig | Mountain Range (Colo.) HS | West
8/31 – Sieara Price | Eaton (Colo.) HS | West
8/24 – Callyn Carter | Charlton County (Ga.) HS | South