(After games of Tuesday, May 1)
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.
Olivia Tatara, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)
The junior catcher had a day to remember at the Battle of Ashburn Round Robin Softball Tournament. In three consecutive at-bats over two games against her school's two intra-city rivals, she belted three towering home runs. She also beat out a throw with a walk-off infield single to give her team a 6-5 win over Broad Run in the most dramatic of the contests. Earlier, her first two homers came late in a loss to Briar Woods. She then helped her team take a 4-0 first-inning lead with a homer in the next game vs. Broad Run, which was decided by her walk-off single.
Katie Brignac, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)
The younger sister of Ashley Brignac, who won the 2011 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year award at Louisiana-Lafayette, led the Patriots to the Class 2A state title last weekend and a 31-0 final record. She scattered five hits when Curtis topped Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) 2-0 in the Class 2A state final and had a two-hitter in the semifinals. The sophomore standout also had a no-hitter and came within one walk of throwing a perfect game earlier in the playoffs.
Lilly Fecho, Glenbard North (Carol Stream, Ill.)
The senior left-handed pitcher and Purdue recruit has led the Panthers to a 20-0 record, the No. 1 ranking in the Chicago metro area, and the No. 25 FAB 50 ranking. Last week, after allowing only one earned run in five wins the previous week, she led Glenbard North to a 9-1 win over Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.) to snap the Redhawks' 12-game winning streak. She had 11 strikeouts and allowed four hits. Later in the week, she fanned 11 in a three-hit 3-1 win over Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.). She is 14-0 on the season.
Kelsey Stewart, Maize (Kan.)
A junior who has already committed to Florida, Stewart is smacking deep balls all over the Sunflower State. In an 11-4, 16-2 doubleheader sweep by the Eagles last week over Derby (Kan.), Stewart hammered three home runs in the first game and added a fourth homer for the day in the nightcap. She had a total of nine RBIs for the day. In her first 12 games, Stewart had hit nine homers with 41 RBIs and had a .691 batting average.
Hannah Cookson, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
The sophomore slugger comes from a school that is known for prolific power hitters. She continued to rip shots last week, one week after she tied a reported national record with two grand slams in the same inning during a win against Arcadia (Calif.). Her week included a 3-for-3 outing with three homers and five RBIs in a 16-0 victory over Muir (Pasadena, Calif.); a 3-for-4 performance with two homers and four RBIs in an 8-7 win over Hoover (Glendale, Calif.); and a 2-for-3 outing with one homer and four RBIs in a 15-1 romp past Poly (Pasadena, Calif.). Entering this week, Cookson was hitting .707 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs.