Hannah Newton (Peachtree, Ga.) led the Georgia Power DeMarini Gold with dominating performances in the circle earning her the 12th 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 ace pitcher amassed 25 innings while allowing just two runs on four hits, one walk and struck out 31 opposing batters.
“It’s an honor to be selected as the National ASA Player of the Week,” said Newton. “My teammates and coaches are winners of this just as much as I am. I’ve played for my coaches since I was little and there’s no way I would be where I am now as a player without them or my team around me.”
Newton has an 18-2 record on the season with an ERA of less than 1 and a 0.56 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) average. She has recorded 179 strikeouts in 131 innings in the circle. The starting pitcher is in her fifth year with the Georgia Power DeMarini Gold and holds an 11-1 record in ASA Nationals (14-Under 2010, 2011 and 16-Under 2012, 2013). Last week, Newton and her Georgia Power DeMarini Gold team are competing at the ASA/USA 18-Under GOLD National in Oklahoma City.
“Hannah’s not a pitcher that’s going to blow anyone away with her speed but she has great movement,” said Georgia Power DeMarini Gold Head Coach Ernie Yarbrough. “She always wants the ball and that’s all you can ask of a pitcher. She’s never missed a turn in six years playing for me. She has always been there. Hannah is very deserving of ASA (JO) Player of the Week.”