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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seniors Amber Freeman of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Sadye Hammett of Dalhart High School in Dalhart, Texas, and Courtney Brandt of Pasco High School in Dade City, Fla. have all been named as the High School Players of the Week for their respective regions by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for games played through March 14, 2011.
Representing the West Region, Freeman offensively leads the eighth-ranked Monarchs hitting a lofty .722 this season. This past week the senior slugger hit an impressive .923 going perfect at the plate in 4 out of 5 games. In a big 10-3 win over Mission Viejo, Freeman was 4-4 with a double, 2 HR and 8 RBI. Totals from her banner week at the plate include 3 doubles, 7 HR and 19 RBI.
South Central Region honoree, Hammet leads the Wolves this season hitting .484. The speedy center fielder has also been perfect on the basepaths with 15 swipes in as many attempts. This past week she hit .667, helping her team to a perfect 4-0 record. Her performance was highlighted by a 4-4 showing at the plate in a win over Littlefield.
From the South Region, Brandt pitched her team to two complete game victories on the week. In a 9-0 shutout win over Mitchell, she was nearly perfect in the circle as she struck out 16 of the 23 batters she faced. For the season, the senior is hitting .536 and owns a .21 ERA, holding opposing teams to a .083 batting average while helping the Pirates to an 8-1-0 record.
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 NFCA High School Players of the Week, one for each high school region, will be announced by the Association on www.nfca.infocus-llc.com every Monday during the spring season.
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 web sites on the internet. Coaches that enter their team’s stats on Max Preps 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.