Dominating all around performance earns Haylee Petre ASA JO Player of the Week award
CITY — Haylee Petre (Atlanta, Mo.) used power at the plate and in the circle to
help capture the 11th 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
Velocity 12U pitcher helped lead her team to a 6-0 record and the championship
title at the Silver Streaks Tournament this past weekend.
“She has an excellent work ethic,” said Petre’s mother and Velocity 12U coach Tabetha Petre. “She’s one of those kids who has the batting cages in her backyard. She’s out there consistently putting in the work off the field so that she’ll perform on the field.”
Petre put together a .462 batting average (6-for-13) with a double and nine RBI. She also added two home runs and finished with a slugging percentage of 1.000. From the circle, Petre was reaching speeds of nearly 60 mph and batters were struggling to keep up. In her 18 innings of work, Petre gave up only four hits, no runs and struck out 28 batters. Velocity 12U made it through the entire tournament without giving up a run.
“It was very impressive,” added Coach Petre. She’s a 12U player, and we’ve been playing 14U for the majority of the season. To put up the kind of stats that she did, I was just really impressed with her ability to do that. Part of her work ethic and love of the game is what helps her succeed.”
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.
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 Diamonds
Week 3 (May 14 - 20): Jordyn Kadlub - Tampa Mustangs
Week 4 (May 21 - 27): Lauren Mathis (Windermere, Fla.) – Windermere Wildfire
Week 5 (May 28-June 3): Mackenzie Dixon (Huntsville, Texas.) – Huntsville Heat
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 Fuzion 12U
Week 9 (June 25 - July 1): Sydney Hoffman (Lewisburg, Pa.) – PA Power Elite 12U
Week 10 (July 2 - 8): Jaycie Cline (East Moline, Ill.) – Quad City Lady Hitmen 12U Red
Week 11 (July 9 - 15): Haylee Petre (Atlanta, Mo.) – Velocity 12U
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
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/.
About USA Softball
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.