LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For their impressive efforts during games occurring over March 11-17, Brianna Johnson (Marion County High School, Guin, Ala.), Skylar Cagle (Pilot Point High School, Pilot Point, Texas) and Halle Hayes (Winslow High School, Winslow, Ariz.) have been selected as the MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week.
SOUTH REGION: A junior catcher for the Red Raiders, Johnson batted .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, a HR, three stolen bases, a trio of walks and 13 RBIs during the past week. Among her outstanding efforts were a 2-for-3 performance with a double and six RBIs and a perfect 3-for-3 day with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs in 17-7 and 17-2 victories over Phillips (Ala.), respectively. For the season Johnson maintains a .393 overall batting mark.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION: A senior pitcher/shortstop, Cagle helped Pilot Point H.S. to a 7-1 week, going 5-0 in the circle with a 1.35 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 37 strikeouts over 26 innings of work. At the plate, she hit .615 (16-for-26) with six runs scored, four doubles, two triples, a HR and 10 RBIs. Cagle struck out 10 batters during a 5-2 victory over Caddo Mills (Texas) and was 2-for-3 with a HR and five RBIs in a 17-0 rout of Leonard (Texas). For the year she’s batting .708 overall with 15 doubles, four triples, three HR’s and 25 RBIs and is also 14-0 from the circle with a 1.08 ERA and 126 K’s over 84 frames.
WEST REGION: A junior pitcher/infielder, Hayes was nearly perfect at the plate during the past week for the Bulldogs, going 15-for-16 for a remarkable .938 batting average with a triple, a HR and six RBIs. She even contributed a 3-0 record from the circle (her first three decisions of the season) with three complete games and 24 strikeouts over 18 innings. Included in her impressive efforts were a pair of perfect 5-for-5 performances, during a 19-0 win over Holbrook (Ariz.) and an 8-4 triumph over San Juan (Utah), and a 3-for-3 day with two runs scored, a HR and four RBIs in a 14-1 victory over Raton (N.M.). For the season, Hayes is batting a remarkable .826 with 16 tallies and nine RBIs.
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. 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.