(After games of Tuesday, June 5)
Here are the final ESPNHS Softball Players of the Week for the 2012 season. One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player can be chosen twice in the same school year.
Jordyn Moquin, Southington (Conn.)
The junior pitcher led the Lady Knights into their first Class LL state championship game since 2004. In a 5-1 semifinal victory over Masuk (Conn.), she hurled a no-hitter through five innings and wound up with a three-hitter. She also helped her own cause with a two-run double in the fourth inning. Southington will play Amity (Woodbridge, Conn.) Friday in the title game.
Meredith Burroughs, Aycock (Pikeville, N.C.)
Just a sophomore, Burroughs already is one of the most feared hitters in North Carolina. In Aycock’s 7-2 win last weekend over Foard (Newton, N.C.) that gave the Golden Falcons the Class 3A state title, Burroughs hammered a two-run homer in the first inning and later ripped a three-run homer in the third. The two homers also put Burroughs’ season total at 19, which ties the state single-season record. Burroughs’ team won its first-ever fastpitch state title and ended the year with 27 wins in its last 28 outings.
Lindsay Swipas, Champion (Warren, Ohio)
The four-year Golden Flashes pitcher saved one of her best efforts until last as she led her team to its second straight Division III state championship. In the 2-0 title-game victory over Bloom-Carroll (Carroll, Ohio), Swipas didn't allow a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning and wound up with a one-hitter while striking out 10 batters to help Champion win its fifth state crown. She yielded a leadoff single in the final inning before retiring the next three batters to seal the victory. In 2011, she led Champion to a 28-0 record while winning 19 times. Swipas plans to attend Ohio State University and study accounting.
Kristen Davenport, Deer Park (Texas)
There’s a good reason why Deer Park is celebrating the first state title in school history since the 1955 football season. It’s due to Davenport’s dominance. When the Lady Deer opened up the Class 5A state semifinals by blowing past O’Connor (Northside, Texsas) 13-2, Davenport pitched five innings and went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Her two-run double also ignited a 10-run uprising in one inning, which set a state tournament record. Then with just one more win to go for the state title, Davenport got the job done in a 6-0 triumph over Klein Collins (Klein, Texas). She pitched a three-hitter and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs at the plate.
Amber Padilla, Pomona Catholic (Pomona, Calif.)
The senior standout fired a perfect game and struck out eight to lead the Pacers past Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank, Calif.) 1-0 in the CIF Southern Section Division VII championship. Padilla also went 1 for 3 at the plate, but it was in the semifinals when her hitting was more prominent. She went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in that game as Pomona Catholic routed Mesa Grande Academy (Calimesa, Calif.) 24-0. For the season, Padilla finished 24-7 as a pitcher with a 0.94 ERA. Her hitting totals include a .567 average and 50 RBIs.