LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jessica Stettinger
of East Haven (East Haven, Conn.)
, Gabby O'Riley
of Mooresville (Mooresville, Ind.)
, Maci Birdyshaw
of Lawrence County (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.)
, Montana Fouts
of East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
and Kalea Smith
of Payson (Payson, Ariz.)
were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for games played the week of April 2-8.East Region
Stettinger, a senior catcher, led East Haven to wins in its first two games of the season. She went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a season-opening 10-5 win over Foran. Stettinger homered against, recorded four hits and five RBI against Stamford. For the week she hit .778 with a pair of home runs, nine RBI, slugged 1.444 and scored twice.North Region
O'Riley hit .700 (7-for-10) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. Recording multiple hits in three of four games, she slugged 1.500 and recorded a .800 on-base percentage. In both games of a doubleheader sweep of Greenwood, O'Riley was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, doubling in game one and homering in the nightcap. She left the yard and drove in two more runs in a 5-3 win over Hamilton Southeastern.South Region
Birdyshaw went 4-0 with a save, and posted a 0.00 ERA and 42 strikeouts. She surrendered five hits and walked four in 22 innings of work. Birdyshaw registered an 11-strikeout perfect game against Shelbyville Central and a one-hit shutout with 12 punchouts in a five-inning win over Tullahoma. The junior also earned a two-inning save with four strikeouts against Lyon County.South Central Region
Fouts was dominant in the circle for East Carter, posting a 5-0 mark with five shutouts and 71 strikeouts in 33 innings. She twirled two no-hitters, including a perfect game against LaSalle-Peru, and recorded three one-hit shutouts. Against the xx, Fouts retired all 21 batters, 13 by strikeout, in a 2-0 victory. She tallied a season-best 18 punchouts and walked one in a one-hit shutout of Chesterfield. The senior hurler's other no-hit performance came in a five-inning win against Gaitlinburg-Pittman (11 K, 0 BB). Fouts also fanned 15 and 14 versus Carolina Forest (13-0) and Bishop Watterson (1-0).West Region
Smith was 3-0, tossing three shutouts and striking out 43 over 20 innings of work. She scattered seven hits and walked just two batters. In her final start of the week, Smith fanned a season-high 16 and did not walk a batter as she tossed a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over Northwest Christian. The senior hurler struck out 14 and walked one in a two-hit shutout of Blue Ridge. Smith held Holbrook to one hit and punched out 13 in a 10-0 six-inning victory against Holbrook. At the plate, she added a double and two RBI against Blue Ridge and Holbrook.
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