LOUISVILLE, Ky. – St. Michael (Baton Rouge, La.) Madalyn Ashford, Nazarene Christian Academy’s (Crowley, Texas) Gracyn Whitsell and Artesia’s (N.M.) Rylee Crandall earned this week’s MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week honors. The trio garnered recognition for games played March 7-13.

South Region

Ashford hit .846 (11-for-13) with three doubles, four triples, five RBI and 11 runs scored. She slugged 1.692, drew three walks and posted a .882 on-base percentage. Ashford opened the week with a 5-for-5 outing in which she tripled three times and scored three runs. The freshman shortstop continued her hot start to the week with a 4-for-4 showing against Episcopal, scoring four times and driving in four runs with two doubles and a triple. Ashford added four more runs scored and a double versus Tara.

South Central Region

Whitsell was a perfect 7-for-7 at the dish with two doubles, a triple, home run, 10 RBI and four runs scored. Going 4-for-4 against Burton Adventist Academy, she drove in six with a double and triple and scored twice. Whitsell (3-for-3) added a double, long ball and four RBI against Newman International Academy.

West Region

Crandall was key to Artesia’s 4-1 start in the circle and at the plate. She was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA, three shutouts and 39 strikeouts over 22 innings of work. The senior hurler twirled two-hit shutouts in 1-0 victories over Alamogordo (10 K, 2 BB) and Centennial (11 K), and a third in a six-inning triumph over Cibola (4 H, 12 K, 2 BB). Over five games, Crandall hit .647 (11-for-17) with three doubles, a triple, six RBI and three runs scored. 

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 MaxPreps.com by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s award.

Winners are announced on NFCA.orgNFCA.org every Monday during the spring campaign with a player from each of five separate MaxPreps’ high school regions being selected. 

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.

To obtain a coach’s login, please contact: coachsupport@maxpreps.com or call (800) 329-7324 x1. To enter a team’s stats on the MaxPreps website, please click herehere.

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