LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sandra Fairbairn (Norton (Mass.) High School), Neveah Ingram (Northwest High School / Jackson, Mich.), Emily Winstead (Rocky Mount (N.C.) Academy), Paxton Meyer (Wabaunsee High School / Alma, Kan.) and Grace Godfrey (Homer (Alaska) High School) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played May 10-17.
Fairbairn powered Norton to three wins last week. The sophomore infielder hit .800 (8-for-10) with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine RBI. Fairbairn scored seven times, posted a .818 on-base percentage and slugged 2.200. She homered in each game, recording a cycle in a victory over Millis. In that contests, she went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Fairbairn added two doubles, four RBI and three runs versus Dover-Sherborn and drove in three more runs against Bellingham.
Over three starts, Ingram did not allow a hit and struck out 45 with one of her three no-hitters being a perfect game against Leslie. She capped off the week with that perfecto, setting down all 21 Blackhawks with 13 punchouts. In her first start of the week, Ingram fanned a season-best 17 with one walk in six innings against Coldwater. The junior hurler came back in game two against the Cardinals, striking out 15 with one free pass.
Winstead tossed 22 shutout innings to post a 3-0 record with three shutouts and 52 strikeouts. The junior hurler scattered seven hits, had 13-plus punchouts in each start and issued four walks, while holding her opposition to a .099 batting average. Against Harrells Christian Academy, Winstead was masterful in a one-hit shutout in which she struck out 20, walked one and faced just one batter over the minimum. She went on to post four- and two-hit shutouts in consecutive 2-0 wins over Wayne Christian, striking out 16 and 13, respectively.
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In a doubleheader sweep of Osage City, Meyer went a perfect 7-for-7 with seven RBI, four runs scored, three doubles and three triples. The sophomore went 3-for-3 in the opener with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Meyer continued her output in game two, doubling and tripling twice, driving in four runs and scoring two more times.
Godfrey posted an .889 (8-for-9) batting average with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored. She drew four walks, slugged 2.333 and registered a .929 on-base percentage. Godfrey, a senior outfielder, homered, scored five times and recorded three RBI in wins over Kenai Central and Houston (game two). She was a single short of a cycle in the latter victory and also came within a homer of the cycle in game one versus Houston (3-for-3, 4 RBI).
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.