LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kaci Gottler (Grand Island (N.Y.) High School), Sage Mardjetko (Lemont (Ill.) High School), Maddy Ruffner (Washington High School / Charles Town, W.Va.), and Emma Lovato (Piedra Vista High School / Farmington, N.M.) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played June 14-20.
Gottler went 5-for-8 with two doubles, two triples and a home run in two wins last week. She drove in eight runs, scored seven times, posted a .727 on-base percentage and slugged 1.750. Gottler also went 2-0 in the circle with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts. The junior was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and four runs scored against Kenmore East. In that game, she also went the distance in a four-hit shutout with 10 punchouts and one walk. Against Niagara-Wheatfield, Gottler tripled, homered, drove in five and scored a pair of runs.
Mardjetko twirled a pair of shutouts, including a no-hitter, and struck out 25 over 13 innings of work. The sophomore hurler, no-hit Washington High School, fanning 16 and walking one. Against Ridgewood, Mardjetko recorded a two-hit shutout with nine punchouts and no walks. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate in that game with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.
In a doubleheader sweep of Hedgesville, Ruffner was 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA, 19 strikeouts and zero walks over 12 innings of work, while going 6-for-6 with four RBI at the plate. She twirled a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in the opener, driving in three runs. Ruffner went 4-for-4 with an RBI in game two. The sophomore hurler went the distance, allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with seven punchouts.
Lovato went 2-0 with 0.50 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 14 innings. The sophomore tossed a two-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts against West Mesa. Lovato helped herself out at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored. She also went the distance in a 6-1 win over Farmington. Lovato fanned 16 more batters and scattered six hits in the victory.
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.