Players of the Week 2020

Discussion in 'Team, Player, Coach of the Week' started by TheSoftballZone, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. TheSoftballZone

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    Week #21 Player of the week - Ava Pries

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    #10 Ava Pries – MI/OF - Class of 2023 - Uncommitted

    OC Batbusters Interthal 14U



    Ava is a 14U MI/OF who plays for OC Batbusters Interthal. She is a speedy leadoff hitter with extra base power who will find any way to get on base and score. Her quick processing speed allows for early pitch recognition and success with deep counts.



    Defensively she has a high softball IQ, bringing situational awareness to the field. She has top end lateral movement and a smooth glove. A versatile player, Ava locks down the middle infield and easily tracks down fly balls from all three outfield positions. She even serves as the team’s emergency catcher when called upon.



    This season (fall 19-winter 20) Ava and The Batbusters played an aggressive PGF & National Showcase filled 50 game schedule where Ava excelled in multiple key offensive categories including in AVG (.475), OBP (.570), SLG (.697) and Runs Scored (60).


    Season (19-20) highlights playing for the Batbusters include:



    • Pinnacle Sports (OH) National Qualifier - Hitting a grand slam in the championship game to help her team win the tournament and qualify for Nationals.
    • Scenic City Showcase (TN) - Hitting .462AVG and .769 SLG with 4 extra base hits while facing national competition from AL, OH, IN, FL & NC.
    • PGF Tarheel Classic (SC) – Hitting .571AVG, 1.071SLG, and 1.696 OPS, including an OTF HR to help her team become the only 14U team in Ohio or Pennsylvania to win a PGF tournament this season.


    Nationally, Ava was one of 12 players in the Northeastern Region chosen to be a Direct Select for USA Elite Select All American Games held in Florida last August. She represented our area by leading her AAG team in multiple offensive categories and helping the squad to 7-1 record.



    Ava’s performance at the AAG earned her a spot in the 16U / High School division of the USA Elite Select - Select 30 National Training Camp geared toward mental & Physical training of the top players in the country. Ava was selected to play for Shae “Big Play” Knighten, former WCWS MVP and Univ. of Oklahoma All-American, where she once again represented our region and helped her squad to an undefeated 4-0 record.



    As a varsity freshman at Upper St. Clair High School, Ava hit an OTF home run in her first varsity game. Ava finished her quarantine shortened varsity season with a .500 batting average.



    Ava’s 2020 summer schedule can be found here

    https://www.batbusters.org/page/show/4267080-14u-interthal-2019-2020-


     
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  2. TheSoftballZone

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    Week #26 Player of the Week Maddy Peterson

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    Maddy Peterson is a member of the Ohio Storm '08 softball team. She is an 11 year-old student in the Mt. Vernon School District. Maddy is in her first year as a member of the Ohio Storm 08. She is athletically gifted, has great speed, is a great teammate, cheers her team on, and loves the game of softball. She primarily plays 2nd base, understands all positions on the field and is the Storm's leadoff hitter. In her 2 most recent tournaments, Maddy batted .413, had an OBP% of .438, with 17 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 8 RBI and scored 18 Runs. She is a great asset to her team. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and Tik Toc.



     
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  3. TheSoftballZone

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    Week #27 Player of the Week Maycee Martindill #24

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    Maycee Martindill #24

    Maycee is a 12 year old 7th grader at Fairfield Union Middle School. She is an A honor roll student who excels in both basketball and softball playing travel in both sports for several years. She recently moved to the Fairfield Union School District with her 4 brothers and sisters after having been an A student at Teays Valley.

    She has been a member of Central Ohio Pride 07 for the last 6 years. She's as loyal and as happy a kid as you can find. She is always a very coachable kid who works very hard and works to make herself better, whether it is in the field or at the plate. This year she has been coming into her own at shortstop and center field.

    At the plate she has been a monster all year batting .556, OBP of .673 and OPS of 1.451. She has 20 RBI and 20 runs scored in 3 tournaments, while drawing 12 walks so far on the season. She is usually one of the smaller kids on the field but also one of the fastest, toughest players we've had. In the field she has had a fielding percentage this year of .935 with only 2 errors while playing the majority of her time at shortstop.

    Maycee recently suffered a season ending neck injury, but we look forward to having her back at some point this fall and she will always have a place on our team. Get well soon #24! We at TheSoftballZone wish her a quick recovery.
     
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    Week #28 Player of the Week Mckenzi Schultz-Apps


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    Hi my name is Mckenzi Schultz-Apps. I'm currently 17 years old and I'm here to give you a little background about how my life has changed since I started playing softball. I started playing wreck ball in sixth grade. Merely out of boredom and curiosity. With time my father and I slowly realized that I had potential. I played on various travel teams over the course of 6 years; Khaos, Miami County Blaze, Cincy Doom Leiter, Bo Jackson blast, Cincy Doom gold Gregory and now Firecrackers. I truly believe I didn't get the hang of softball until the end of my sophomore year. The person I am I haven't always been the smartest or the most athletic. I always have to work for what I have. If I didn't study for a test i would most likely fail. I'm extremely proud to say I ended high school with an average 4.0 GPA for all four years. With that being said I had to work twice as hard at softball in order to get where I am now. Some people think starting softball early gives you an advantage. I honestly think it's the opposite. Starting late forced me to work harder, practice longer, and endure more injuries than most athletes. It has caused dozens of breakdowns and feelings of emotional disconnection with my Dad. But I would never trade the work, pain, tears, cuts, bruises, laughs or hours in the car for anything in the world. Everything comes together in the end, and the pieces to the puzzle are finally found and put together. I am now happily continuing my softball journey at Youngstown State University. All the pain-staking workouts led me to become stronger and enabled me to hit the ball further. All the disagreements have made me mentally stronger. On the outside, it looks just like a silly game to pass the time, but in reality, it's a gateway for thousands of memories and lessons that will last a lifetime.
     
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