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Central's Fleetwood Named Louisville Slugger Division III Player of the Week

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior pitcher Rhianna Fleetwood of Central has been named the Louisville Slugger Division III National Player of the Week for games played April 30-May 6.

The Sycamore, Ill., native pitched two shutouts against nationally ranked teams and posted a 3-0 record at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. She threw a two-hitter in a 2-0 win against Simpson Thursday, then came back to pitch 14 scoreless innings Saturday in victories over No. 4 Luther and No. 19 Coe.

Fleetwood allowed 13 hits in 21 innings of work. She walked two and struck out 10 as the Dutch captured their first league tournament title since the tourney was restarted in 2006.

Fleetwood enters regional play with a 16-2 record and 1.11 ERA. She's thrown 10 complete games and given up just 19 earned runs on the year while striking out 65. She leads the host Dutch into their regional opener Friday at noon versus Wisconsin-River Falls.