Bucknuts & JJHuddle Ohio HS Weekly Spring Awards
This spring we are pleased to announce that JJHuddle and Bucknuts have partnered together to award weekly player and team of the week honors in baseball, softball, girls track, boys track, boys tennis, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse.
Each week during the spring sports seasons, we will hold a fan-generated contest on JJHuddle to tab a weekly Team and Player of the Week in each sport. Each weekly winner will receive an award from JJHuddle and Bucknuts.
How it works?
A thread soliciting nominations will be posted/stuck in each sports JJHuddle Forum each week. Fans will then nominate top performances. We will announce the weekly finalists (up to 10) on JJHuddle every Monday and voting will be conducted in a special JJHuddle forum. Voting will cease at noon on Friday, after which the winners will be announced.
WEEK 1 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
*Phillip Hoffman, Federal Hocking (Vote)
Freshman made a spectacular debut by striking out a school-record 20 batters and scoring the game-winning run in a 2-1 eight-inning victory over Morgan in the season opener. Hoffman K’d 20 batters, walked four and allowed one hit. He was 3-for-4 from the plate.
*Mason McWilliams, Seneca East (Vote)
Ohio University recruit tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a 1-0 win over Buckeye Central. East scored in the top of the seventh. It was McWilliams first career varsity no-hitter. In two games, McWilliams is 2-0 with 23 Ks. He’s yet to allow a hit.
*Scott Baker, Bloom-Carroll (Vote)
Senior hit two HRs (including a grand slam) and had six RBIs in 13-3 season-opening win over Pickerington North.
*Bryce Castilleja, Oregon Clay (Vote)
Retired the first 20 batters he faced against Sylvania Southview and threw 67 of his 82 total pitches for strikes in a x-x win over Sylvania Southview. Castilleja struck out 11 of the 23 batters he faced and allowed one hit.
*Caleb Fergusen, West Jefferson (Vote)
Senior struck out 27 batters in shutout wins over Bexley (2-0) and Urbana (7-0).
*Chandler Day, Watkins Memorial (Vote)
Threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Hebron Lakewood. K’d eight.
*John Phillips, Miami Trace (Vote)
Threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Chillicothe.
*Brant Henry, Van Wert (Vote)
Threw five-inning no-hitter in an 11-1 win over Lincolnview. Struck out six and walked five.
*Chace Culver, Wapakoneta (Vote)
Threw a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Piqua. Struck out seven and walked two.
*Colton Nealeigh, Greenville (Vote)
Senior batting .571 (8-for-14) with 10 RBIs, six doubles and five runs scored.
WEEK 1 BASEBALL TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
*Mantua Crestwood (Vote)
The Red Devils rallied back from 4-0 and 5-0 deficits to sweep both games at the Lakewood Tournament. Crestwood trailed Lakewood 5-0 before winning 9-8 in eight innings. The Red Devils trailed Holy Name 4-0 before winning 5-4.
*Seneca East (Vote)
The Tigers are 5-0 after one week and are averaging nine runs a game. East has only allowed four runs in five games and has two shutouts.
The Mustangs – led by pitcher Alex Reed’s 11 Ks – beat Triway 6-3 to give head coach Dave Burkett his 300th career win. In his fifth year at Tuslaw, Burkett is 300-200 in 18 seasons as a head coach.
The Bulldogs blasted four HRs, including one each in the first three innings in a 13-3 season-opening win over Pickerington North. B-C had 10 hits, half of which went for extra bases. The next time out, the Bulldogs shut out D-III power Wheelersburg 6-0.
*Painesville Riverside (Vote)
The Beavers secured head coach Ed Humes’ 200th career victory with an 8-2 win over Pikeville (Ky.) in Myrtle Beach.
*Lehman Catholic (Vote)
Thanks to a 14-run second inning, the Cavaliers delivered head coach Dave King career win No. 500 with a 21-0 victory over Ridgemont. Winning pitcher AJ Hemmelgarn had three hits and five RBIs.
The Bees opened the season with convincing wins over Xenia Christian (20-0), Houston (14-0). In addition to the impressive offensive production, Bethel pitchers Jimmy Pelphrey and Jordan Elam threw one-hitters in the Ws over XC and Houston, respectively. Elam struck out the first 10 batters he faced and 14 overall.
The Rockets had 21 hits en route to 21 runs in a 21-2 win over Fostroia St. Wendelin. Alex Osborn led P-G with four hits (three doubles) and six RBIs.
The Golden Bears opened the season with wins over state-ranked teams – Ottawa-Glandorf (1-0) and Napoleon (10-5).
*Summit Country Day (Vote)
Started the season 3-0 with victories over Roger Bacon (9-6), Bethel-Tate (11-0) and Clark Montessori (2-0).