LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lauren Wasikowski (St. Joseph High School / Trumbell, Conn.), Billie Kerwood (Interboro High School / Prospect Park, Pa.), Shelby Sullivan (Sale Creek [Tenn.] High School), Ella Emmert (Lexington [Ky.] Catholic High School) and Delaney Keith (Skyview High School / Nampa Idaho) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played April 19-25.
Wasikowski allowed an unearned run and three hits, while striking out 35 in 12 innings of work last week. At the plate, she hit .500 (6-for-12) with a pair of doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. The junior recorded all the outs with a 21-strikeout performance in a victory over New Canaan. She surrendered an unearned run, two hits and a walk against the Rams. In a one-hit shutout of Darien, Wasikowski fanned 14 and did not issue a free pass. She went 4-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs scored in the opening win over New Canaan, while scoring twice versus Westhill and Darien.
Kerwood keyed Interboro to a pair of wins by tossing consecutive no-hitters against Garnet Valley and Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast Catholic. In the opener, the senior right-handed hurler fanned 17 and walked one in a 2-0 victory. Kerwood followed that up with a 14-strikeout outing with four free passes in a 5-0 triumph.
Sullivan posted a perfect week at the plate, finishing 7-for-7 with four long balls, 10 RBI and a 2.714 slugging percentage. She homered twice in wins over Copper Basin and Meigs County, scoring three times in each contest, while driving in four and five runs, respectively. Sullivan finished the week going 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored against Lookout Valley.
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Emmert, a senior, went 9-for-9 at the plate with a double, two triples, two home runs, eight runs scored and five RBI. She slugged 2.222 and swiped six bases. Emmert recorded three hits in each contest. She tripled, homered, scored three times and tallied three RBI in a win over Paul Laurence Dunbar. Emmert recorded a double, home run and three runs scored versus Lexington Christian, while tripling, scoring twice and stealing three bases against Montgomery County.
Keith was perfect 11-for-11 with two doubles seven home runs and 25 RBI over three games last week. She also scored 11 runs and slugged a whopping 3.090. Keith clubbed three of those longballs and drove in nine runs in a victory over Meridian. The junior infielder posted two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI versus Mountain View and added two more round trippers and six RBI against Centennial.
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.