2020 WK #1 Player of the Week (Caliyah Clapper) Caliyah BIO Caliyah Clapper is a 10 year old, 5th grader, at Mifflin Elementary, Mansfield, OH. She is a straight A student at this elementary school within the Madison Local School District. She placed 9th in the Richland County Spelling Bee last year. Caliyah also scored a perfect score on the state of Ohio 2019 Spring Math Test. As we start into the 2020 season WIcked 09 is excited to have this returning #12 to the line up. Last season as a birth year of 2010 Caliyah could still play 8U but made a decision to challenge herself and play 10U. In her 1st year of 10U she led her team with 4 home runs and a 0.429 summer batting avg. She also stole the most bases, 45, and drove in the most runs, 27. Midway through 2019 Caliyah decided she wanted to try pitching. She pitched a total of 5 innings all summer for Wicked in 2019. That wasn't enough, so she hired a coach and started to learn. Caliyah is now entering her 3rd season with Wicked ‘09 and now as an ace pitcher. In only a few months she has learned to perfect spot pitching, improve a change up, and sped up her fastball to 47+MPH. With this skill Caliyah led her team to a championship at Queen of the Turf USSSA National Qualifier January 4-5 in Mt Vernon. Caliyah pitched in 2 games on sunday bracket play, the quarter final and the championship game. In those 2 games she pitched 11 innings, faced 44 batters, striking out, 18 of them. She gave up 4 hits and maintained a 60% strike percentage. Those pitches helped her team defeat the undefeated #1 Seed Lighting Blue in an International Tie Breaker 3-2 for the quarter final game. Eventually the championship would go on to be played against Ohio Emeralds ‘09, whom we placed 2nd to the previous weekend and tied in pool play. Caliyah pitched a shutout game, striking out 13 of the 19 batters she faced, giving up only 1 hit to a well placed bunt. She also went deep hitting a home run for her offense to run rule the Emeralds 10-0 in 5 innings. This fall/winter season Caliyah leads her team with a 0.425 batting avg. She also has the most RBI’s, singles, doubles, triples, and the only homerun for her team. When not in the circle Caliyah is a true infield utility player spending time at every infield position except catcher. She is a top player for Wicked on offense and defense.