LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Karissa Hamilton (Shelbyville (Ind.) High School), Callie Maitre (Notre Dame High School / Crowley, La.), Kendall Forbes (Bishop Carroll High School / Wichita, Kan.) and Raci Miranda (Payson [Ariz.] 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 March 29-April 4.
Hamilton opened the 2021 campaign with a bang, going 8-for-11 (.889) at the plate with five home runs and 13 RBI, leading Shelbyville to three triumphs last week. The junior slugged 2.667, reached base at a .909 clip and did not strike out in 13 plate appearances. After homering and driving in three runs in the season opener against Cathedral, Hamilton sent three over the fence with six RBI and three runs scored in game on versus Jennings County. In the nightcap against the Panthers, she homered again, doubled and tacked on four RBI.
Maitre hit .909 (10-for-11) with four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored in four contests last week. She registered a pair of 4-for-4 outings against Cecilia and Lake Arthur. In the latter game, Maitre doubled, homered twice, drove in six and scored four times. Against Cecilia, she pitched in with a double, long ball, four RBI and five runs scored. The sophomore scored and doubled twice versus Port Barre and added two more runs against Erath.
South Central Region
Forbes was a perfect 8-for-8 with six extra-base hits (2.125 SLG%) in a sweep of Southeast. She went 4-for-4 in both ends of the twinbill. Forbes recorded a pair of doubles, three runs and an RBI in game one. The junior infielder capped off her day with two more doubles, a triple, home run, three RBI and four runs in the nightcap.
Miranda twirled three shutouts, including a no-hitter, while hitting .600 with two home runs and seven RBI to lead Payson to three victories last week. The senior no hit Holbrook in her first start, fanning 18 and walking just one over seven innings of work. She would go on to toss two-hit and one-hit shutouts versus Blue Ridge with 16 and 11 punchouts, while not walking a batter. At the plate, Miranda homered in each win over Blue Ridge, driving in three and two runs, respectively. Against Holbrook, she was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored.
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.