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Syd Supple was 4-0 this week with three shutouts and is now 21-1 on the season. Photo by Gail Cameron Photography.

We announce this week’s Extra Inning Softball National High School Players of the Week awards in what is a first: a tie between two players who had such outstanding weeks, it's impossible to just pick one of them as the sole Player of the Week!

Both have a lot in common: they're 2019 grads from the Midwest who each play in the Beverly Bandits club softball organization and have won a PGF National Championship. Also, they both are committed to Big Ten schools and will likely face each other in a few years as pitcher vs. batter!

But most importantly for this week's awards, they both have had huge weeks that merit National Player of the Week recognition.

One is a Michigan-bound junior who put on one amazing hitting and power display and the other is a Northwestern commit noted as one of to 2019 pitchers in the nation and was honored Friday night as her state's top softball honoree and had her picture taken with a legendary NFL quarterback!

If you'd like to nominate players for future consideration, email us at info@extrainningsoftball.com.

We're looking for top performances in high school play each week that can be on a single game or cumulative week-by-week basis.

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Extra Inning Softball’s Co-National High School Player of the Week
Sydney Supple (Oshkosh North, Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

You know you’ve had a good week when, Friday night at the Wisconsin High School Sports Awards banquet in Green Bay, Wisconsin, you not only win Softball Player of the Year for the state, but you get your photo taken with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers!

Sydney Supple poses with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after being honored as the Wisconsin Softball Player of the Year Friday night.

Thus, the Mother’s Day weekend got off to a great start for Sydney Supple, who was honored for her excellent season’s worth of work—she’s 21-1 (as is her Spartans team) and she’s pitched all but 1 2/3rd  of the innings for her squad: 133 1/3rd —and also has compiled a 0.89 ERA

Sydney has always been a force offensively as well as she has hit .471 with a .548 on-base percentage and 34 RBI in 22 games.

“She is our work horse and has thrown the bulk of games,” explains North Head Coach Cindy Seuss. “Syd has been one of our team leaders on the mound, from the plate and in the dugout.  She has done it all for us and continues to improve as the season progresses. Syd is a great ‘team player’ and does everything we ask of her and more.”

This past week, she went 4-0 with three shutouts and struck out 43 batters while giving up only seven hits.

And to help her own cause, the 2019 grad and Northwestern commit went 8-for-15 (.533) at the plate with three home runs and nine RBI.

Two games highlight how the Wisconsin standout can dominate a game both with her bat and with her arm.

The North standout pitched four shutouts and hit three home runs this week. Photo by Gail Cameron Photography.

In a 2-0 win over Neehah on Thursday, Sydney pitched a one-hitter and struck out 15 batters in the win.

Two days earlier, in a 12-2 victory over Appleton East, the junior clubbed two home runs and had five RBI in a five-inning run-rule game.

Not a bad stretch for the pitcher/infielder who in her last five games going back to a week ago Saturday has thrown two no-hitters and two one-hitters.

A strong candidate not only for her second Gatorade Player of the Year honor, but Extra Inning Softball All-American honors as well, Sydney went 15-1 last year throwing three consecutive shutouts in the playoffs before North lost to finish 5th in the state, falling 2-0 to the eventual state champs.

With Sydney’s dual threat talents elevating to a whole new level this year, the Spartans look to be a favorite to win it all this spring.

Extra Inning Softball’s Co-National High School Player of the Week

Lexi Voss (Marist, Chicago, Illinois)

Lexi went 8-for-8 in one game and in six games for the week had eight homers and 30 RBI!

It’s not easy to be batting .656 on the season and raise your average 23 points over six games, but it was that type of monster week for Lexi Voss, a junior outfielder from the Land of Lincoln, who is having the type of season you could only imagine if you are playing video games.

Lexi is now hitting .679 for the season with 65 hits, 16 home runs, 60 RBI, 47 runs scored, a 1.351 slugging percentage and a jaw-dropping 2.023 OPS in 29 games.

That’s for a season—now let’s look at her week: exactly half of her spring’s home runs and RBI came THIS WEEK as she went 21-for-27 (.778) with eight dingers, 30 runs plated and 17 runs scored herself.

Here's a look at each of the games:

  • Game 1: against Benet, Lexi went 8-for-8 with two home runs including a grand slam, six runs and 13 RBI (when, if ever, have you heard of someone going 8-for-8 in a game?)
  • Game 2: against Plainfield North, Lexi batted 2-for-3 with one home run, one run scored and five RBI.
  • Game 3: against Nazareth, she went 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and three RBI.
  • Game 4: against Marian, the junior went 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.
  • Games 5 & 6: in a double-header with St. Viator, Lexi went 6-for-7 with four home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored.

A rare moment when Lexi was standing on a base and not running around it.

So what’s made the difference for the future Wolverine signee, who hit .388 last year with 38 hits, 28 RBI, 24 runs and four homers to earn 1st Team All-Area honors and 2nd Team All-State recognition?

“What I’ve improved most on this year,” the prolific hitter explains, “is learning to trust myself and all the work I’ve put in.”

Whatever it is she’s doing is obviously working--not just individually, but for the Marist team--which is 27-2 on the season and ranked #22 in the USA Today/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.

Previous Extra Inning Softball National High School Players of the Week

  • May 6: P Danielle Williams (Amador Valley, Pleasanton, California)
  • April 29: P Montana Fouts (East Carter, Grayson, Kentucky)
  • April 22: IF Kasey Simpson (Keller, Texas)
  • April 15: SS Jayda Coleman (The Colony, Texas)
  • April 8: P Megan Faraimo (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego, California)
  • April 1: C Macy Simmons (Hamilton, Chandler, Arizona)
  • March 25: C Paige Pfent (Springstead, Spring Hill, Florida)
  • March 18: SS/OF Deja Westbrook (Arcadia, California)
  • March 11: P Megan Faraimo (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego, California)
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