(After games of Tuesday, May 8)
Here are this week’s high school softball players of the week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Dominique Chamberlain, Nazareth (Pa.)
The junior outfielder had a career game in a 15-0, four-inning rout of Easton (Pa.). The part-time starter knocked in six runs with a grand slam plus two doubles in three at-bats during the mercy-rule shortened game. Chamberlain, a left-handed batter, now has three homers on the season as the Blue Eagles improved to 11-6.
Whitney Gillespie, Pelham (Ala.)
She may not have the gaudy strikeout totals of other pitchers in Alabama, but considering the schedule that Pelham has played and what she has done at the plate, there aren’t many players in the state quite like her. In Pelham’s 3-0 triumph last week over Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) that gave Pelham a Class 6A area title, Gillespie hit a two-run homer and pitched a three-hitter. She went 2 for 3 with a run scored in the team’s previous state playoff game. For the season entering this week’s next round of the state playoffs, Gillespie has a 19-4 pitching record with a 0.91 ERA. She also had 48 RBIs and a .434 batting average.
Cassie Gillespie, Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio)
The sophomore pitcher helped the Eagles avenge two regular-season losses to Clay (Oregon, Ohio) and capture a Division 1 sectional title with a 4-0 win. Gillespie hurled a complete-game, four-hit shutout and helped her own cause with a two-out, three-run home run in the fourth inning. The win advances the Eagles into the regional tournament semifinals this week against Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio).
Katie Doerre, Tomball (Texas)
The offensive sparkplug for the No. 22 team in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50, Doerre came through with two hits and a homer when Tomball defeated Round Rock (Texas) 10-3 in the deciding game of a best-of-three Class 5A playoff series. Doerre also extended her latest hitting streak to 17 games. During the streak, she’s had one 4-for-4 and two 3-for-3 outings. Bound for Texas State University, Doerre heads into this week’s playoffs batting .563 for the season with 27 runs scored and 25 RBIs.
Shelby Abeyta, Copper Hills (West Jordan, Utah)
Two weeks ago in the title game of the Swing for Life tourney, Abeyta doubled and was the winning pitcher when Copper Hills beat Juab (Utah) 6-5. That accomplishment was entirely appropriate because just two years ago Abeyta herself survived a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. She’s now one of the team leaders at Copper Hills and had a four-hitter last week in a win over Jordan (Utah). Already this week, Abeyta struck out nine in a 3-1 win over Brighton (Salt Lake City). In addition to her outstanding play and courage in the face of adversity, Abeyta also is a member of Utah’s academic all-state team.