LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ashley Gotowka (Dunkirk (N.Y.) High School), Izzy Kemp (Guerin Catholic High School / Noblesville, Ind.), Courtney Layne (Appomattox (Va.) County High School), Chloe Taylor (South Laurel High School / London, Ky.) and Ashlyn Flinchem (St. Bonaventure High School / Ventura, Calif.) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played May 31-June 6.
Gotowka went 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 52 strikeouts and a no-hitter last week for Dunkirk. In her no-hitter against Allegany-Limestone, Gotowka struck out 16 and did not issue a free pass in the 8-0 victory. The senior also twirled a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and two walks in a 3-0 win against Olean. In a 3-2 triumph over Gowanda, she allowed two unearned runs, struck out 11 and walked one. Her final outing of the week saw Gotowka toss a one-hitter against Fredonia. She surrendered an unearned run, fanned 12 and walked four.
Over two starts, Kemp picked up two shutout wins and struck out 39 over 17 innings of work. She went the distance in a 10-inning one-hitter against Yorktown. In the 1-0 victory, she fanned 19 and walked one. On June 5, Kemp, a junior, struck out 20 of 21 batters in a perfect game versus Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger. At the plate, Kemp was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the perfect game. She also posted a 2-for-3 outing with a double and two runs scored versus Norwell.
Layne went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. She fanned 19 and walked one in a one-hit shutout of Dan River. She also contributed offensively scoring two runs. Against Altavista Combined School, the junior hurler surrendered a pair of unearned runs in a one-hitter with 16 punchouts.
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Taylor contributed both offensively and in the circle last week for South Laurel. The senior hit .875 (7-for-8) with a double, two triples, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. She slugged, 1.500 and owned a .909 on-base percentage. Taylor was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple, six RBI and three runs scored versus Williamsburg. She also added a double, triple and three runs against Harlan County. In the circle, Taylor struck out nine, allowed a hit and an unearned run over four inning against Williamsburg. She posted three no-hit shutout innings versus Harlan County.
Flinchem twirled a pair of perfect games last week, retiring all 30 batter she faced. She struck out 14 in a 10-0 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary on June 3. Two days later, the senior fanned 12 Sacred Heart of Jesus batters in a 14-0 victory. Flinchem also went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI in second perfecto.
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.