(4-23-17) Etiwanda’s (Calif) Steven Rivas is this week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the Week.
On Wednesday in a 23-3 win over Chino Hills, Rivas (Senior 6-1 / 180OF, P) hit two three-run home runs, a bases-loaded double, a two-run triple, score four runs and finished with a school record 11 RBIs. He was just a ‘single’ short of hitting for the cycle.
To finish off the week on Friday again against Chino Hills, he had two doubles, one RBI and scored two runs in a 4-3 win. On the season Rivas is hitting .522 with 28 RBIs, 8 doubles, 3 triples and 5 HRS.
Rivas will continue his education and baseball career at Long Beach State.
(4-23-17) This week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week is South Adams’ (Ind) Pitcher (Senior) Kaitlin Augsberger.
In three starts this week Augsberger struck out 18, 17 and 18 hitters to lead the Starfires to three wins.
On Tuesday night South Adams beat Homestead 2-0, Augsberger struck out 18 and gave up just one hit.
Starfires Head Coach Jessie O’Dell
Anytime we can go to Homestead and defeat a program of that size and ability is an accomplishment.
And then Katelin was Katelin. Homestead is a good program, but Katelin was not intimidated by who they were, but came into the game with attitude of “this is who we are!” She is a competitive kid. She throws hard and her ball moves. Plain and simple she is hard to hit. She can paste both parts of the plate. We have also defended the bunt very well too. Pitching strikes and playing defense is the name of the game. Right now we are doing a great job of that. Katelin is a big reason for that. Her hard work and time she has put into the years of lessons and summer ball has really paid off for her. She is special.
Augsberger would follow that up Thursday in the opening conference game in a 6-1 win over Bluffton with 17 K’s, giving up just 1 runs on three hits.
To finish off the week she struck out 18 in a Saturday 6-0 win over Lakewood Park with 18 K’s.
(4-16-17) ACE (Academy of Careers & Exploration) Charter’s (Helendale, Calif) Chloe Romero is this week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week.
Romero (5’5 Senior P/Inf) did two of softball’s biggest accomplishments in the same game, in a 12-0 5-inning win over Academy for Academic Excellence. First she threw a perfect game, striking out 14 of the 15 outs, next Romero would hit for the cycle and drive in five runs and scored three times.
Romero, who is a University of Texas commit, is 10-1 on the season, with 148 K’s in 54 innings pitched and has had 5 no-hitters this season. As a hitter she is is hitting .757 and has 6 home runs on the year.
It also helps that her younger sister and catcher Charisma, helped out her big sister in the win, hitting two home runs, with four RBIs and scored three runs. Charisma recently verbally committed to Boston College.
(4-16-17) Camp Hill’s (Pa) Wyatt Beddow (Jr. 6’3 RHP) is this week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the Week.
Beddow, a Penn State commit, hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two starts
over 14 innings, striking out 25 in the process. In his last start against Middletown, a 3-0 shut-out complete game win, Beddow struck out 14.
“The umpire in the Middletown game was telling me that his breaking ball was just on the corner of the white of the plate. Not even the black. But it was there every time. He said he was just hanging the players up.”
Beddow was named to this years Rawlings Sports Pre-Season Underclass All-American 3rd team.
(4-9-17) This week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week is Burleson’s (Tx) Zoe Miranda.
Miranda hit a fourth inning grand slam in a 9-7 8-inning upset win over previously undefeated Centennial, the win was the first for the Elks over the Spartans since March of 2013. On the day Miranda was 4-5, 6 RBIs and she also had a double.
Burleson’s Zoe Miranda hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in the Lady Elks 9-7 win over Centennial Friday. pic.twitter.com/1ujyu7Xngz
(4-9-17) Celina’s (Ohio) Seth Lonsway (Senior – P) is this week’s SSN National High School Player of the Week.
On Monday, Lonsway went 6 innings, striking out 17 (of 18 outs), no walks and a 5th inning two-out double to St. Henry’s Curtis Uhlenhake that broke up the perfect game. Todd Freeman pitched the 7th inning to give Lonsway and the Bulldogs a 4-0 win.
Lonsway, after the St. Henry win, was tied with Jake Sutter (1994-96) for the all-time career Bulldog record of 183 strikeouts, but on Saturday in an 8-1 win over Sidney he passed that with 11 K’s (6 innings) and now holds the school record of 194.
“There is a reason Seth Lonsway is going to Ohio State to pitch and that there were pro scouts at the game. He was a great pitcher that we got to a little early, but once he settled down you just had to tip your cap to the pitcher. He was impressive to watch as a baseball fan.”
Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell:
Seth Lonsway is a rare combination of talent and work-ethic. I have never seen someone dedicate themselves to a sport like he has to baseball and making himself as good as he can be. As a freshman we felt we had a college baseball player, but as he grew and worked it became clear he was going to be an elite college pitcher if not more. Though, he seemed to always have knocks on him from different scouts that he was too small or that with his frame he wasn’t going to be able to gain enough velocity. So, in the last 2 off-seasons he proceeded to add 15-20 pounds of muscle living in the weight room, increase his velocity by 5-6mph, sharpen his curveball and develop a change-up.
In my mind he is now the best pitcher in the state and right there with the best in the country. After 2 outings this year he has 27Ks, 1BB, 2hits, and 0runs in 11 innings with a fastball at 94mph. And he has yet to have a good game where he is controlling all of his pitches. Not to mention we have not played in a game above 55 degrees or a game with any sort of sunshine. He his definitely a rare athlete but most importantly a rare person. He has gone through so much in his short life and has always maintained an exceptional personal standard and humility. He is always willing to help out with younger players, field maintenance or just any odd job I have for baseball or personally; he has always been there to help whoever needed it.
This is his senior year and he will / deserves to go on and do great things in this game and though we will definitely miss the great player he is, we will miss the young man he has become even more.
Next season Lonsway will continue his career in college at Ohio State.
(4-2-17) Rockford East’s (Illinois) Brandon Folk (LHP Junior) is this week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the Week.
Folk hit and pitched the E-Rabs to a 11-1 six inning win over Woodstock. On the mound Folk struck out 11 on 4 hits and 1 walk to pick up his 2nd win of the season. The loss ended a Blue Streaks four game winning streak.
Folk went 4-4, including a triple, 2 RBIs, scored a run and stole a base.
“I definitely missed a few spots and (Woodstock) took advantage of it. I just had to come back and hit my spots, honestly. It was nice when we put the runs up because if I let a guy on base, I was still pretty comfortable out there.”
(3-26-17) Colleyville Heritage’s (Texas) Alex Scherff is this week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the week.
Scherff (6’2 Senior) is a Texas A&M signee, threw a five-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 17-0 win over Fort Worth Dunbar this past week. His last appearance before that game he threw a five-inning perfect game with 14 strikeouts of the 15 hitters he faced in a 15-0 win over Fort Worth Eastern Hills
Before transferring to Heritage (where he played as a Freshman) , Scherff led Plano Prestonwood Christian to a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A state championship as a junior.
“He’s been extremely efficient. He’s a power arm that can pitch, which to me is extremely rare when you look at the prep pitchers. So when you put those two abilities together, he has the ability to keep us in games and do some things in a very effective manner. The draft attention is there because of the combination of the high velocity and the ability to pitch.”
(3-19-17) Pearland (Tx) Sophomore Matt Adams is this week’s SSN National Player of the Week.
Adams threw a six inning no-hitter to lead the Oilers to a 10-0 win over Alief Taylor in a District 23-6A game. The Sophomore had 12 strikeouts and didn’t walk a hitter. Pearland scored 8 runs in the sixth to give Adams the win.
Adams helped his cause with two runs batted in on offense.