Stettinger, O’Riley, Birdyshaw, Fouts, Smith selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – East Haven’s (Conn.) Jessica Stettinger, Mooresville’s (Ind.) Gabby O’Riley, Lawrence County’s (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) Maci Birdyshaw, East Carter’s (Grayson, Ky.) Montana Fouts and Payson’s (Ariz.) Kalea Smith were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for games played the week of April 2-8.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring season with a player from each of five separate high school regions is selected. During the fall campaign, one representative is chosen from the 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 websites 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.
2017-18 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week (Spring)
East – Tayler Vitola | Appoquinimink HS (West Middletown, Del.)
North – Abbie May | St. Bede (Peru, Ill.)
South – Caitlin Griffin | North Buncombe HS (Westerville, N.C.)
South Central – Chevelle Sartin | Arkansas City (Kan.) HS
West – Raegan Breedlove \ Central Valley HS (Shasta Lake, Calif.)
East – Yanique Spencer | Baldwin (N.Y.) HS
North – Lexi Wagner | Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
South – Alexis Kilfoyl | Academy at the Lakes (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.)
South Central – Kendall Fritz | Wakeland HS (Frisco, Texas)
West – Madie Augusto | St. Ignatius HS (San Francisco, Calif.)
East – Janiece Robles | Cardinal Spellman (Bronx, N.Y.)
North – Maddie Peace | Regina Dominican (Wilmette, Ill.)
South – Karly Heath | North Augusta (S.C.) HS
South Central – Hallie Wacaser | Bentonville West (Centerton, Ark.)
West – Drea Schwaier | Yelm (Wash.) HS
South – Madyson Lamp | Hernando High School (Brooksville, Fla.)
South Central – Nadia Valverde | Hanks High School (El Paso, Texas)
West – Jordyn Hutchins | Woodland (Calif.) Christian
South – Anna Hood | Locust Fork (Ala.) HS
South Central – Kathryn Marshall | Brenham (Texas) High School
West – Mya Villareal | North valley Military Institute (Granada Hills, Calif.)
South – Aspen Wesley | Neshoba Central HS (Philadelphia, Miss.)
South Central – Biveana Figueroa | Natlia (Texas) HS
West – Izabel Enriquez | Buena High School (Sierra Vista, Ariz.)
2017-18 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week (Fall)
10/23/17 – Caroline Newton | Worth County HS (Sylvester, Ga.)
10/16/17 – Madeline Vejvoda | Papillion (Neb.) La-Vista HS
10/9/17 – Alexandria Kilponen | Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
10/2/17 – Tracy Mosley | Mundy’s Mill High School (Jonesboro, Ga.)
9/25/17 – Sevi Harden | Thomas Jefferson High School (Denver, Colo.)
9/18/17 – Brooke Huitt | Lathrop (Mo.) High School
9/11/17 – Tori Kniesche | Wayne (Neb.) High School
9/5/17 – Addison Purvis | Sullivan (Mo.) High School
8/28/17 – Adrienne Visintine | Chaparral High School (Parker, Colo.)
8/21/17 – Katherine Snavely | Brookstone School (Columbus, Ga.)
8/14/17 – Kelley Lynch | East Coweta High School (Sharpsburg, Ga.)