LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Heritage Academy’s (Ariz.) Mikayla Rojas, St. Mary’s Ryken’s (Md.) Madison Aughinbaugh, Lakeland’s (N.Y.) Cameron Lischinsky, Avon Grove’s (Pa.) Maggie Balint and Oskaloosa’s (Kan.) Haidyn Bassett have been named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for contests played March 28-April 3.
West Region – Mikayla Rojas (Heritage Academy – Laveen, Ariz.)
Homering in nine of her 11 at bats, Rojas powered Heritage to three wins last week. She knocked in nine runs each game and slugged an astronomical 3.153. Of her three multi-homer contests, the senior captain launched a season-high four, including a grand slam in the final contest of the week against East Valley Athletes for Christ. Rojas started the week with three long balls, her first grand slam, and three runs scored versus Mission Heights Prep. She also went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, two homers and four runs scored against West Phoenix.
South Region – Madison Aughinbaugh (St. Mary’s Ryken – Leonardtown, Md.)
Aughinbaugh had a big week in the circle, going 4-0 with 49 strikeouts and three shutouts. In addition, she helped herself at the plate by hitting .600 (9-for-15) with three doubles and eight runs scored. The senior righty started the week with back-to-back two-hit shutouts against Jefferson and South Range. She struck out a season-best 18 in the latter contest, a 3-0 triumph, while punching out 13 versus the Colonials. Capping off her outstanding week, Aughinbaugh twirled a one-hit shutout in a six-inning win over George Washington. Aughinbaugh registered three hits and three runs apiece against Jefferson and George Washington, and doubled once in each of the final three games of the week
East Region – Cameron Lischinsky (Lakeland HS – Shrub Oak, N.Y.)
Enjoyed a perfect start to her junior season, going 7-for-7 with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI and six runs scored, helping Lakeland win its first two games of the year. In the season opener, Lischinsky was 4-for-4 at the plate, clubbed two doubles and a home run, knocked in five and scored four more runs. On Friday, she added three more hits to her resume against Carmel. Lischinsky doubled, drove in two and scored twice. In addition, she walked once in each contest and reached base safely in all nine plate appearances.
North Region – Maggie Balint (Avon Grove HS – West Grove, Pa.)
Balint began her senior campaign by striking out 38 and tossing a no-hitter in three starts for the Red Devils last week. Making her third start of the week, Balint no-hit East High School, fanning nine and walking one in a five-inning 10-0 victory. After she struck out 12 in a one-hitter against Henderson, the senior captain struck out a week-best 17 batters in a four-hit shutout of Unionville. At the plate, she hit .500 (5-for-10), which included a 3-for-4, three-RBI outing with her first home run of the season versus Unionville.
South Central Region – Haidyn Bassett (Oskaloosa (Kan.) HS)
Bassett had a hand in the Bears’ first four wins of the season, hitting three home runs, knocking in 14 and scoring 13 runs. She hit .833 (10-for-12), slugged 1.916 and recorded an .867 on-base percentage. In the season-opener, she went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, six RBI and four runs against Atchison County and added two hits, two runs and a double in the game two of the twin bill. Two days later against Atchison High School, Bassett was 4-for-4 with six runs scored in a doubleheader sweep. In game one, she launched three home runs and recorded seven RBI. The bat was taken out of her hands in game two as she walked three times and scored three runs.
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Previous 2015-16 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week
Jillian Weinstein | Half Hollows Hills West (N.Y.) | East
Ashley Swartout | Westfield (Ind.) | North
Rivers Andrews | Cedar Ridge (N.C.) | South
Jordan Carlson | Council Grove (Kan.) | South Central
Ashley Bodin | Spring Creek (Nev.) | West
Nicole Danyi | Baldwin (N.Y.) | East
Abby Marlow | New Athens (Ill.) | North
Mia Davidson | Orange (N.C.) | South
Grason Gasser | Bethlehem (Ky.) | South Central
Hailey Heeringa | Valley Christian (Ariz.) | West
Emily Merritt | Herford County (N.C.) | South
Aziah James | Spring (Texas) HS | South Central
Amanda Sink | Legacy (Nev.) HS | West
Hera Varma | Tampa Catholic (Fla.) HS | South
Tylar Vernon | Pangburn (Ark.) HS | South Central
Shaye Bowden | Sunnyslope (Ariz.) HS | West
Sarah Dugan | Oak Grove (La.) HS | South
Jordan Llinas | Cypress Woods (Texas) HS | South Central
Aurora Adams | Santiago (Calif.) HS | West
10/13 – Jessie Briley | Bishop Neuman (Neb.) HS | South Central
10/6 – Victoria Haugsness | North Platte (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/28 – Taylor Parham | Wilber-Clatonia (Neb.) HS | South Central
9/21 – Savannah Chalfant | Gilmer (Ga.) HS | South
9/14 – Madison Ingram | Bowling Green (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/7 – Riley Craig | Mountain Range (Colo.) HS | West
8/31 – Sieara Price | Eaton (Colo.) HS | West
8/24 – Callyn Carter | Charlton County (Ga.) HS | South