LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Danbury’s (Conn.) Haley Pucci, Edinburgh’s (Ind.) Gracie Crawhorn, Verbena’s (Ala.) Jaycee Quinn, Archie’s (Mo.) Taylor Cummins and Santa Teresa’s (San Jose, Calif.) Kokoro Sagae earned this week’s MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week honors. The five student-athletes garnered recognition for games played April 11-17.
Pucci was nearly unhittable in her two complete game wins last week. She twirled a no-hitter in an 8-1 win over Immaculate, striking out 17 and walking three. Pucci followed up with a one-hit shutout against New Canaan in which she fanned 18 and issued one walk. For the week, she held her opposition to a .023 batting average. Pucci also went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored versus Harding.
Crawhorn was a perfect 10-for-10 at the dish with six home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored. She also doubled, drew a pair of walks, posted a 1.000 on-base percentage and slugged 2.900. Homering in all three contests, she capped off the big week with three long balls, a double and eight RBI in an 11-5 victory over Brown County. Crawhorn left the yard twice and scored four times in a game-two win over South Decatur.
Lifting Verbena to a 6-0 week, Quinn hit .778 (14-for-18), drove in 16 runs and recorded five multi-hit contests. The sophomore registered a season-best five RBI in both ends of a doubleheader against Notasulga, homering and scoring three times in game one. Quinn also scored three times in game two against Loachapoka and versus Billingsley. She finished the week with 13 runs scored, six doubles, one home run, a 1.333 slugging percentage and did not strikeout in 22 plate appearances.
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Cummins hit .778 (7-for-9) with a double, two triples, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. She slugged 1.333 and reached base at a .800 clip. Cummins, a senior, opened the week with a four-RBI performance against Rich Hill. She drove in four more runs and tripled against Kingsville. Cummins added a 3-for-3 outing with a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored against Windsor.
Sagae hit .824 (14-for-17) with three doubles, three triples, four home runs and 12 RBI. She posted a 2.058 slugging percentage and four multi-hit contests. She went 5-for-5, homered twice and recorded a season-high six RBI in a win over Leland. Sagae added a long ball and three RBI in victories over Branham and North Monterey County.
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.