This week’s Extra Inning Softball National High School Player of the Week goes to one of the top senior prospects in the country who just finished a perfect season! More on her below…
First, however, note that this will be our final 2019 National High School Player of the Week edition; however, we will now begin taking nominations for Extra Inning Softball ALL-AMERICAN Teams!
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First, however, kudos to our only “repeat” winner this year…
Extra Inning Softball’s National High School Player of the Week
What a year it’s been for Sydney Supple.
She won the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year for the third time, will be an easy repeat honoree as an Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-American, made the PGF All-American watch list, was named Senior Pitcher for Wisconsin and earned FVA Conference Player of the Year recognition for the 4th straight year.
And, like Megan Faraimo, the current UCLA freshman who was twice honored in 2018 as a National High School Player of the Week, Sydney repeats again after being honored on April 8, 2019 as the Player of the Week.
But the one goal she really wanted on the field came true last week when the senior led her Oshkosh North (Wisconsin) Spartans to their 1st ever WIAA Division 1 State Softball Championship.
Syd, who signed with Northwestern last November, threw two shutouts in the quarterfinals and semi-finals, only giving up seven hits, one intentional walk and on earned run over the three games culminating in a 4-2 championship victory over the defending state champions.
Supple threw 36 Ks during the 21 innings of work and set a new Division 1 Wisconsin state record for strikeouts during the tournament while only allowing one intentional walk.
Her ERA for the state tournament was 0.33 and she also aided her cause by going 4-for-7 (.571) with three walks and two RBIs to give her an on-base percentage of .700 for the week.
It was a perfect ending to a perfect season as the final win on Goodman Field at the University of Wisconsin Madison not only secured Oshkosh North’s first-ever softball state championship, it capped a perfect season that saw the Spartans go 31-0.
It’s been almost a perfect year for the left-hander who threw 15 shutouts, three perfect games and a no-hitter. Syd had a season ERA of 0.75 and struck out 298 opposing batters while only walking 12.
Here’s an amazing stat: she hit a home run—12 of them—for every walk she gave up, while batting .538 with 26 walks herself (six intentional) and had a 1.140 slugging percentage.
It was a pretty good high school career as well: Syd finished with 972 strikeouts and along with a trio of Gatorade State Player of the Year trophies captured the Wisconsin Softball Player of the Year award twice and will most likely receive her 4th straight 1st Team All-State Award.
However, the sweetest award of all of them is the one she held Saturday night on Goodman Field… the state championship trophy.
Sydney said the ultimate team award will be the most prized accomplishment she will take with her from her high school career.
“It has been an honor to wear this jersey, play with these girls and play for this city,” Syd said today. “To bring a softball state championship back to Oshkosh North for the first time is something I will never forget and will cherish forever.”
“All of us are now part of a legacy at this school and we hope that we inspire all of the young girls coming up behind us.”
Runner-Up Players of the Week
* Another pitcher who won a state title in the Midwest was Briana Bower, a sophomore at Huntley (Illinois) High, who had a phenomenal week as she went 3-0 in the Super Sectional champions, the state semis and the Class 4A championship game.
Briana recorded 29 K’s in 22 innings pitched and gave up just two walks and two earned runs to bring in a strong 0.63 ERA. In the championship, the sophomore gave up just two hits and finished with a flourish as she struck out the final batter in three pitches.
The 5-foot-10 right-hander had a great season too, going 27-5 with a 1.12 ERA. Briana struck out 353 batters in 212 1/3rd innings and her strikeout mark led the state of Illinois.
Additionally, the 1st Team All-State selection pitched two perfect games this spring and four no-hitters, but her most impressive performance may have been defeating powerhouse Chicago Marist 3-2 in the semis.
Look for Briana to be one of the top high school pitches in the nation the next two years after finishing 2019 with a bang.
* While some states in the Midwest just finished their seasons, Iowa is just kicking off its softball campaign and one of the top performances was turned in by sophomore Haley Downe of Norwalk (Iowa) High.
Haley, playing in Class 4A, tossed three complete game wins with two coming against ranked 4A teams. She gave up just two earned runs and had 28 K’s against only three walks.
She also hit 6-for-11 in the four total games Norwalk High played this week.
Previous 2019 Extra Inning Softball National High School Players of the Week
- May 27: P Aynslie Furbush (Winter Springs, Florida)
- May 20: SS Bailey Dowling (St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Joseph, Illinois)
- May 13: P Britton Rogers (Cypress Ranch, Cypress, Texas)
- May 6: C Neely Peterson (Cypress Creek Middle, Wesley Chapel, Florida)
- Apr. 29: OF/IF/P Angela Zedak (Marist, Chicago, Illinois)
- Apr. 22: SS Kali Heivilin (Three Rivers, Michigan)
- Apr. 15: 3B Trinity Cannon (Forney, Texas)
- Apr. 8: P/1B Sydney Supple (North, Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
- Apr. 1: OF Leea Hanks (Eustis, Florida)
- Mar. 25: P/IF Madison Inscoe (Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Virginia)
- Mar. 18: 1B/OF Avery Goelz (Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Florida)
- Mar. 11: OF/2B Tanya Windle (Cactus, Glendale, Arizona)
- Mar. 4: SS Hallie Wacaser (Bentonville West, Centerton, Arkansas)
- Feb. 25: P Stevie Hansen (Norco, California)