LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Avon’s (N.Y.) Joleigh Crye, Hanover Central’s (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Payton Antkiewicz, Wetumpka’s (Ala.) Mya Holt, Northeast’s (Arma, Kan.) Shelby Underwood and Calvary Chapel’s (Downey, Calif.) Isabella Ochoa earned this week’s MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week honors. The five student-athletes garnered recognition for games played April 4-10.
Crye did it on both sides of the field for the Braves, fanning 25 over two games in the circle and batting .667 at the plate. She struck out 10 in a four-inning no-hitter against Geneseo and 15 the following day against Le Roy. She allowed just three hits and walked one in her second appearance. Meanwhile, she was 2-for-3 on offense in both games.
Antkiewicz opened her season with a pair of wins, fanning 17 batters over six innings (two appearances), with two walks and just one hit allowed. She struck out 11 of the 16 batters she faced over four innings against Calumet New Tech and fanned six of seven batters against Lake Station Edison.
Holt was a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate with six runs, two doubles, three homers and 12 RBI for the week. She was 3-for-3 with two homers against Stanhope Elmore and 5-for-5 with seven RBI versus Central.
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Underwood struck out 40 batters over 16 innings and three appearances. She hit double-digits in strikeouts in her first two games, including 20 batters over seven innings in a two-hitter in the second of two games against Uniontown. In the first game, she fanned 13 over six innings. In her other contest, Underwood struck out seven in three innings against Altoona-Midway.
Ochoa hit .700 for her three games, with 18 RBI, five triples and two homers. All five of her hits against Orangewood Academy were triples, while both of her homers came versus Samueli Academy. Ochoa also notched two victories in the circle, striking out 23 over 11.1 innings, walking two and yielding just four hits.
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.
Winners are announced on NFCA.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.