LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sara Rivers (Ledyard (Conn. High School), Keagan Rothrock (Roncalli High School / Indianapolis, Ind.), Megan Armstrong (Oliver Springs [Tenn.] High School), Maguire Estill (Haven [Kan.] High School) and Alyssa Tinnin (Vista Grande High School / Casa Grande, Ariz.) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played April 5-11.
Rivers was a walk away from a perfect game in her first start of 2021. The senior hurler struck out 16 and walked one in a victory over New London. She also was 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and added one stolen base.
Rothrock was dominant in the circle for the Rebels. She was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 23 innings of work. She surrendered just four hits and did not issue a walk. Rothrock twirled a six-inning no-hitter, fanning all 18 batters she faced in a 11-0 win over Hamilton Southeastern. The sophomore hurler also tossed a three-hit shutout with 15 punchouts versus Center Grove. She punched out 15 and 11 batters in two other appearances last week. At the plate, Rothrock was 6-for-13 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI.
Armstrong was perfect at the plate in a pair of wins over Harriman and Midway. She reached base in all eight plate appearances, launching three home runs, recording 10 RBI and scoring seven times. Against Harriman, Armstrong left the yard twice with five RBI and four runs scored. In her second outing, the sophomore posted a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with a double, homer, five RBI and three runs scored.
South Central Region
Over a four-game stretch, Estill went 11-for-13 (.846) at the plate with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. She did not strikeout in 16 plate appearances, slugged 1.692 and reached base at a .875 clip. Estill was a single short of the cycle as she went 3-for-3 with five RBI and four runs scored in game one of a doubleheader versus Larned. She went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI in game one versus Halstead and followed that with a 3-for-4 showing with a long ball and four runs scored in game two.
Tinnin twirled three shutouts, including a perfect game, while also going 5-for-7 at the plate with three doubles and eight RBI in three wins for the Spartans. She struck out 11 in her five-inning perfecto versus St. Mary’s. She also tossed a one-hit shutout with nine punchouts and zero walks versus Apache Junction. For the week, Tinnin was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts to just one walk in 17 innings. She added two doubles and four RBI versus Apache Junction, while registering two RBI apiece against Combs and St. Mary’s.
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.org every Monday during the spring campaign with a player from each of the 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 MaxPreps 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.