Precision from the circle earns pitcher Sydney Hoffman ASA JO Player of the Week honors
CITY — Sydney Hoffman (Lewisburg, Pa.) was almost untouchable from the circle
over the weekend. Hoffman’s 4-0 record with two no-hitters, 21 strikeouts, a
.066 ERA and only four hits given up helped her earn the ninth ASA Junior
Olympic (JO) Player of the Week award, presented
by Worth Fastpitch and StudentSports.com. Announced today by the Amateur
Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the pitcher helped lead her 12U PA
Power Elite to a 5-0 record and a championship finish at the Pennsylvania ASA
12U Class B State Championship.
was a really well setup tournament," said Hoffman. “We’ve gone for the
last three years, and our team really enjoys playing in this tournament. I
think we played well as a team together, and everybody did their best. It’s a
huge advantage to have a really good defense behind you.”
be outdone by her pitching, Hoffman also had a stellar weekend at the plate.
She hit .631 (12-for-19) with 13 RBI and an on-base percentage of .842. Almost
half of her hits were for extra bases, and she walked four times. When she
wasn’t pitching, Hoffman was in the outfield, ensuring she had an impact in almost
every facet of the game.
“Sydney was really poised to win this state championship,” said PA Power Elite
head coach Mike Wolfe. “She wanted it really bad. She talked about it from
almost the beginning of the year. For her to go 4-0 and hit the way she did, it
was a real special thing for her."
Established to recognize JO players 18 years or younger for outstanding play in
an ASA/USA sanctioned event, the ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week will
honor 14 athletes, male or female, from May 9 - August 8 following the
conclusion of the ASA/USA JO National Championships. Nominations will be
taken on a week-by-week basis (see below schedule) and will be submitted and
accepted through http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/12/asa-player-week-form/
until noon ET every Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the award,
athletes must be registered with their local ASA/USA association and must have
participated in ASA/USA Softball sanctioned events or tournaments during the
ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award schedule
Week 1 (April 30 - May 6): Faith Willis (Liberty, Mo.) - Originals-Shanks
(May 7 - 13): Allie Roberts (Rogers, Minn.) – Northwest Diamonds
(May 14 - 20): Jordyn Kadlub - Tampa Mustangs
(May 21 - 27): Lauren Mathis (Windermere, Fla.) – Windermere Wildfire
Week 5 (May 28-June 3): Mackenzie Dixon
(Huntsville, Texas.) – Huntsville Heat
(June 4 - 10): Lauren Gohacki (Finleyville, Pa.) - Pittsburgh Diamond Stars 14U
(June 11 - 17): Avery Winchell (New Cumberland, Pa.) - Columbus County Magic
(June 18 - 24): Morgan Hirai (Pasco, Wash.) - Tri-City Fuzion 12U|
9 (June 25 - July 1): Sydney Hoffman (Lewisburg, Pa.) – PA Power Elite 12U
10 (July 2 - 8): Winner announced July 11
11 (July 9 - 15): Winner announced July 18
12 (July 16 - 22): Winner announced July 25
13 (July 23 - 29): Winner announced August 1
14 (July 30 - August 5): Winner announced August 8
Jenna Kuhn (Apple Valley, Minn.) – Jenna played a major role in an undefeated weekend for the
Eastview Lightning Black 12U. Kuhn boasted an impressive .750 batting
average (6-for-8) with two RBI, two doubles, two triples and six runs
scored. She also performed in the circle for her squad, going 5-0 with 36
strikeouts and a 2.20 ERA over 17 innings pitched.
Lauren Caswell (Aurora, Ind.) – Lauren put up incredible numbers at the
Heatin' it up tournament in Wilmington, Ohio. Lauren put up a .647
batting average (11-for-17) with seven RBI, four doubles and eight runs scored
en route to a 5-1 team record and third-place finish. She also performed
on defense for her team with 11 put outs and teaming up for three double plays.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic
competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two
women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive
gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine
World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as
claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA
Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.