Player Of The Week – Abi Sawyers

Sawyers delivers a hard rising fastball for a strikeout.
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The Stallions Abi Sawyers for the third time this season has earned the recognition for being selected ‘Player of the Week’ based on her on the field performance. The sophomore standout pitched a tremendous state playoff game giving the Lady Stallions a 7-2 victory in the first round.

Sawyers pitched a complete 7 inning game, allowing no base-on-balls, accumulated 14 strikeouts, gave up 1 base hit, no earned runs while facing 25 batters from Bethany, Summerfield, NC. She also went 1-3 in the contest slamming a double and had an RBI. There were 4 errors committed that led to two unearned runs.

Meanwhile, her full season stats are very impressive at any level of competition. She posted .565 BA, 39 Hits, 32 Runs, 52 RBI’s, 10 SB, 12 Doubles, 3 Triples, 8 HR, with an OBP .603, SLG% 1.173, OPS1.777. Her Batting Average places her 8th in the state, RBI’s 2nd, SLG% 5th, HR 6th, offensively.

On the mound she posted an 11-11 record on 22 appearances, while the team finished 14-11 overall. She hurled 115 innings, allowed 54 earned runs, only 14 base-on-balls, tallied 172 strikeouts, 1 HR, tossed 1399 pitches, while facing 525 batters. She had an OBA .268, OBP .290, ERA 3.29, and a fielding percentage of .983. Her 172 strikeouts ranked her 3rd in the state for an average of 7.818 per game.

Sawyers is certainly an all Conference player, she should be selected to the all-state team in Class 1A high school girls fastpitch softball. She is athletic, can hit with power to all fields, has a nasty fastball, good ball movement, and has a solid understanding of the game and in different situations.

The sports writers at the Mint Hill Times would like to congratulate Abi Sawyers for being selected this weeks ‘Player of the Week’ as the Spring sports season comes to an end.

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