Big performance at the plate earns Morgan Hirai ASA JO Player of the Week National honors
OKLAHOMA CITY — A near-perfect
performance at the plate has earned Tri-City Fuzion 12U athlete Morgan Hirai
(Pasco, Wash.) the eighth 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 catcher helped lead her squad to a 5-0 record and a
championship finish at the ASA Summer Warm up in Selah, Wash.
“Morgan is one of our most consistent hitters, everything she hits is
hard,” said Tri-City head coach Brent Bishop. “She is consistently hitting over
.500 and is a true clean up type hitter. Where she really shines is
behind the plate, she is a beast back there."
a .769 batting average (10-for-13) and a 1.46 slugging percentage, Hirai connected
for one home run and five extra bases hits over the course of the
tournament. with two homeruns and 10 RBI, Winchell also had four other
hits for extra bases over the weekend. Hirai was also a key contributor
to her squad's run to the championship title, crossing the plate for a total of
10 runs scored and punching 9 RBI.
"Morgan knows the complicated task of hitting requires many hours of good
habit development," said Tri-City Fuzion hitting coach Kelly
Richards. "I forsee Morgan having a great future in this sport.
She's very humble and loves to play the game!"
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 week nominated.
2014 ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award schedule
Week 1 (April 30 - May 6): Faith Willis (Liberty, Mo.) - Originals-Shanks
Week 2 (May 7 - 13): Allie Roberts (Rogers, Minn.) – Northwest
Week 3 (May 14 - 20): Jordyn Kadlub - Tampa Mustangs
Week 4 (May 21 - 27): Lauren Mathis (Windermere, Fla.) –
Week 5 (May 28-June 3): Mackenzie Dixon (Huntsville, Texas.) – Huntsville
Week 6 (June 4 - 10): Lauren Gohacki (Finleyville, Pa.) -
Pittsburgh Diamond Stars 14U
Week 7 (June 11 - 17): Avery Winchell (New Cumberland, Pa.)
Columbus County Magic Red 12U
Week 8 (June 18 - 24): Morgan Hirai (Pasco, Wash.) - Tri-City
Week 9 (June 25 - July 1): Winner announced July 4
Week 10 (July 2 - 8): Winner announced July 11
Week 11 (July 9 - 15): Winner announced July 18
Week 12 (July 16 - 22): Winner announced July 25
Week 13 (July 23 - 29): Winner announced August 1
Week 14 (July 30 - August 5): Winner announced August 8
Rachael Sterner (Duncannon, Pa.) – Rachael performed both at the plate and on the mound for her PA
Alley Cats squad. With a .600 (9-for-15) batting average, eight RBI and
seven runs scored helped her team to a 2-2 finish at the Pennsylvania ASA 18U
State Championship. From the circle, Rachael went 1-2 with 14 innings
pitched, six strikeouts and a 1.43 ERA.
Sophia Beretski (Levittown, Pa.) – Sophia's .590 (13-for-22) batting average
helped her Lower South Liberty Elite 16U team to a Pennsylvania ASA 16U State
Championship last weekend. With five doubles, six RBI and nine runs
scored, Beretski played a big role in her team's 6-0 Championship run.
Emily Garza (Richland, Wash.) Emily's
defensive performance in the infield and outfield lead to key plays throughout
the ASA Selah Summer Warmup. The Tri-City Fuzion 12U athlete ended the
weekend with a .500 (5-for-10) batting average, one RBI and eight runs scored
while coming up with a big throw down from the outfield to make the final out
of the tournament.
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.