LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Charlotte Dwyer (Donovan Catholic High School / Toms River, N.J.), Abby Sabalaskey (Westville (Ill.) High School), Brooklyn Huffman (Hoover High School / Clendenin, W.Va.), Claire Lehmkuhler (Woodford County High School / Versailles, Ky.) and Alexis Slater (Mariner High School / Everett, Wash.) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played May 3-9.
Dwyer was a perfect 9-for-9 with three long balls, nine RBI and five runs scored. She went 3-for-3 and homered in each of Donovan Catholic’s three victories. Dwyer drove in four runs in the first meeting against Liberty. She added two RBI and three runs scored in the second matchup against the Lions. The senior closed out the week with three more RBI against Barnegat.
Sabalaskey did not allow a hit, struck out 56 and walked two batters in 22 innings. The freshman southpaw tossed two seven-inning no-hitters, one in five innings and one in three. Sabalaskey added a double, home run and seven RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Iroquois West. In that sweep, she fanned 22 and did not issue a free pass over eight perfect innings. Sabalaskey started the week with 16-strikeout no-no with two walks in a 2-0 victory over Salt Fork. She followed that with an 18-strikeout perfect game against Oakwood.
Huffman hit .778 (7-for-9) with four home runs, 12 RBI and a 2.222 slugging percentage. She scored six times and posted an .800 on-base percentage. Huffman went 3-for-3, roping a double and two long balls with six RBI in game two versus Clay County. In game one of the twinbill, she homered, drove in four runs and scored twice. Huffman also left the yard and recorded two RBI versus Poca.
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Lehmkuhler went 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA with 48 strikeouts and two walks over 23 innings of work. She scattered seven hits and allowed an unearned run, while also hitting a pair of home runs and driving in six runs last week. Lehmkuhler tossed a two-hit shutout with a week-best 15 strikeouts and no walks during a 2-0 victory over Madison Southern. The senior hurler fanned 13 in wins over Henry Clay and Estill County. At the plate, Lehmkuhler left the yard against Henry Clay and Spencer County and added a 3-for-4 outing with a double and two RBI versus Estill County.
Slater was dominant in three close victories last week, tossing a no-hitter, along with two-hit and three-hit shutouts. The junior hurler struck out 43, walked three and scatter five hits over 21 innings. Slater no-hit Mountlake Terrance with 15 punchouts and two walks in a 3-0 win. She fanned 14 Edmonds-Woodway batters and issued one walk in another 3-0 triumph. Slater capped off her stellar week with another 14-strikeout performance, not walking a batter during a 2-0 win versus Lynnwood.
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.