LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Katerina Lagace (Newington HS / Newington, Conn.), Savanna Copeland (Hamilton Southeastern / Fisher, Ind.), Hailey Wood (Princeton HS / Princeton, N.C.), Malin Miracle (East Jessamine / Nicholasville, Ky.) and Reyna Carranco (Oxnard HS / Oxnard, Calif.) were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week, respectively, announced on Monday for games played May 11-May 17.
Lagace was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 29 strikeouts in the circle and batted .750 to help Newington go 4-0 and extend its winning streak to seven games. The sophomore hurler did not allow a run in three complete-game victories, while walking two and scattering eight hits. She fanned 10 batters in a pair of two-hit shutouts against Farmington and closed out with a four-hit shutout with nine punchouts versus Hall. Lagace added four two-hit games with a double, triple, four RBI and three runs scored. In her only game that she did not pitch, Lagace went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBI in a win over New Britain.
Copeland belted four home runs, slugged 1.917 and knocked in 10 runs as she powered Hamilton Southeastern to three wins last week. She hit .833 (10-for-12) and added a double and nine runs scored. Opening the week, Copeland generated a double, long ball and five RBI in a victory over Anderson. She followed that with another three-hit games with three runs and a RBI versus Richmond. The sophomore closed out the monstrous week, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three home runs, four RBI and four runs scored against Batesville.
Wood tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a perfect game and struck out 28 in two starts last week. In her perfect game against Manteo, she went six innings and struck out 15 of 18 batters she faced. She also helped herself out at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored. In her second appearance, she surrendered just three hits and a walk, while fanning 13 in a 4-0 triumph over East Carteret. For the week, her opponents batted just .069 and reached base just four times.
Miracle reached base safely in her first eight plate appearances and finished the week batting .800 with a double, four home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored in three victories for East Jessamine last week. She slugged an astronomical 2.100 and posted a .833 on base percentage. The junior infielder opened her big week by going 4-for-4 with a double, long ball, four RBI and three runs versus rival West Jessamine. She continued her perfection into the next contest against Bourbon County in which she was 3-for-3, all home runs, with four RBI and three runs scored.
By homering in five of her 10 at bats and batting .800 (8-for-10), Carranco played a key role in Oxnard extending it winning streak six games after a 3-0 week. The junior second baseman added a double, eight RBI and seven runs scored, while slugging a mind-boggling 2.500 for the three games. After homering and knocking in two runs in the opener against Hueneme, Carranco finished was 7-for-7 with four long balls, two in each game, and six RBI in her final two games. In game two against Hueneme, she was 3-for-3 with four RBI and four runs scored. The left-handed power hitter hit a pair of solo home runs in a 3-0 win over Rio Mesa in the final game of the week.
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 that week.
The MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are 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 is 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 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 and college coaches across the country.