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Williams, Mink, Davis, Hensley & Smith Named Max Preps/NFCA National H.S. Players of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore pitcher Nicole Williams (St. Joseph’s H.S., Trumbull, Conn.), senior utility player Kellie Mink (Cascade H.S., Clayton, Ind.), senior pitcher/shortstop Sarah Davis (Williams H.S., Burlington, N.C.), junior pitcher/outfielder Megan Hensley (Ashland Blazer H.S., Ashland, Ky.) and senior third baseman/pitcher Kelsey Smith (Empire H.S., Tucson, Ariz.) have been selected as the MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for games played over April 14-20.
Williams helped lead the Cadets to an unbeaten week by going 3-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts over just 16 innings of work while also batting .444 (4-for-9) with four runs scored, a HR and three RBIs. She struck out 12 during a two-hit, 10-0 shutout of Warde (Conn.) and was 2-for-4 with a HR and three RBIs in a 13-2 triumph over Stamford (Conn.). She is currently hitting at a .368 clip with a double, a HR and four RBIs, while also in possession of a 7-0 pitching mark, a 0.50 ERA and 38 K’s in 28 innings.
Mink hit at a .667 (12-for-18) pace last week with eight tallies, three doubles, three HR’s and 13 RBIs, while also contributing a 3-0 pitching record, a 0.68 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 20.2 innings. She registered a trio of three-RBI efforts, led by a 4-for-4 day performance at the plate with two runs scored, a two-bagger and four RBIs during a 9-0 rout of Owen Valley (Ind.). For the season Mink is batting .542 with six extra-base hits and 14 RBIs, while owning the 3-0 mark with a 1.15 ERA and 33 K’s over 24.1 frames.
Davis was a force both at the plate and in the circle for the Bulldogs, tossing a pair of no-hitters as part of a 3-0 week with a 0.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts over just 15 frames, while hitting .800 (8-for-10) with seven tallies, a double, a HR and five RBIs. Her finest effort came on her “Senior Night” as she went 3-for-3 at the dish with two extra-base hits and four RBIs, while also striking out 11 during a 10-0, no-hit victory over River Mill Academy (N.C.). Davis is 13-2 overall for the season with 181 K’s over 108 innings and is batting .640 with 14 RBIs.
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Hensley guided the Tomcats by registering a .533 (8-for-15) batting average to go along with six runs scored, two doubles, three HR’s and 11 RBIs, while also earning four wins in the circle with two no-hitters, a 0.68 ERA and a staggering 61 strikeouts over 31 innings. She struck out at least 13 in four of her five appearances, with a high of 17 during a two-hit, 1-0 shutout of East Carter (Ky.), and was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a HR and five RBIs in a 16-0 romp over Portsmouth West (Ohio). She is batting at a .565 clip for the year with 13 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs, while in possession of an 11-1 record, a 0.54 ERA and 147 K’s in 78 frames.
Smith hit at an amazing .917 (11-for-12) clip last week with eight tallies, two doubles, a triple, five HR’s and 13 RBIs while also posting a 2-0 pitching mark with a 0.00 ERA and eight K’s over 12 innings. Her finest performance came during an 11-0 rout of Sahuarita (Ariz.) as she went 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored, three HR’s and six RBIs. For the year Smith owns a .506 batting average with nine two-baggers, three triples, 13 HR’s and 60 RBIs and is 12-1 from the circle with a 1.62 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 69 innings.
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 will be announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring season, with one representative chosen from each of five separate high school regions (if there are enough nominations to consider). During the fall campaign, just a single player will be selected representing all 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 web sites on the internet. Coaches who 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.