Under Armour Softball Player of the Week & NWAC Players of the Week - Week 2
SELI AHOLELEI • EDMONDS
SOPHOMORE • PITCHER
Seli Aholelei, Henry J.Kaiser HS / Honolulu, HI., was a dynamo for the Tritons last week, both on the mound and in the batter's box. In 21.2 innings, she collected 4 wins and 26 strikeouts while allowing just 6 runs and 10 walks for a 1.98 ERA. Her third win on the week was a 5 inning no-hitter over Highline, her second no-hitter on the season.
Aholelei, equally potent at the plate, was 11-for-23 (.478) last week, and launched three round trippers (one was a grand slam), had 14 RBI, and scored 12 runs. Aholelei also drew six walks. In addition to leading Edmonds in wins, strikeouts, and batting average, she is at the top -- or near the top -- of multiple NWAC statistical categories: first in wins (11), first in strikeouts (102), sixth in ERA (2.84), ninth in batting average, tied for eighth in RBI (36). She also sports a 1.484 OPS and is slugging .890.
Edmonds head coach had much to say about Aholelei, "While Seli was force to be reckoned with last year, she has really elevated her game to the next level and stepped up into a leadership position, along with the rest of the sophomores this year. Her and her teammates put in a lot of hard work over the off-season in the weight room, on the field, and in the classroom with the psychological aspects of the game and it’s been so fun to watch the result of them trusting the process and trusting each other. She’s hitting the ball well, fielding like an all-star outfielder when she’s not pitching, and she is throwing with more command and velocity than she used to. She has already passed her strike out total from last year and we aren’t even halfway through the season. Seli is a special player, on a special team, doing special things and it’s been a blast to be a part of."
NWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - APRIL 4
Lynsey Valverde, Bear River HS / Tremonton, UT., filled the stat sheet for Big Bend last week while leading the Vikings to four consecutive wins over Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley. In 16 at bats, she tallied 11 hits and two walks for a .688 B.A., seven doubles, 3 home runs while compiling 16 RBIs and scoring 9 runs.
Valverde leads the NWAC in home runs with 15 and RBIs with 59.
"We knew this fall Lynsey was a special talent and she has been living up to the expectations all year," said Vikings head coach Michael Garoutte. "Last week was especially amazing, she happened to be somewhat sick and did not feel well all weekend. It was awesome to see her in the zone and helping her teammates out. She continues to grow and mature each week and it is exciting to watch."
NOTE: Vullo Bat Company, based in Spokane, is awarding a wall trophy bat to each NWAC Softball Batter of the Week during the month of April. Visit Vullo online at vullobatcompany.com or check out their YouTube video. All bats are hand crafted in the Northwest.