HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Walker hits her way to player of the week honor

Chandler Walker, Pfeiffer University softball

Walker (Pfeiffer athletics)

In a span of two innings in one game last week, this former Bristol Central star had a three-run home run and a three-run double for the Falcons.
No wonder why Walker was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week. Pfeiffer, ranked nationally in one poll, clinched its first regular season championship since 2000 last week. Walker was right in the middle of it.
Walker, a junior at Pfeiffer, hit .462 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI. The three-run homer and three-run double came in her first two at bats against Belmont Abbey.
The Falcons finished the regular season with an incredible record of 40-4, including an 18-2 mark in the conference.
Walker played in all 44 regular season games and hit .358 with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases. She compiled an on-base percentage of .408 and a slugging percentage of .567. Walker ranked second on the team in home runs, second in stolen bases, second in slugging percentage, third in RBI, third in hits (48), and tied for third in doubles.
Pfeiffer opens conference tournament play Friday against Lees-McRae.

Plasczynski (WCSU athletics)

Charline Plasczynski, Western Connecticut State University softball

Another week, another top rookie honor for the former Bristol Eastern star.
Plasczynski was named Rookie of the Week by the Little East Conference, and all she did was go 11-for-24 at the plate. That effort included five extra-base hits and 11 RBI. She had three doubles, one triple and one home run. Plasczynski also had three stolen bases.
For the season (31 games), Plasczynski leads the team in extra-base hits (16), homers (5), RBI (36), on-base percentage (.466), slugging (.714), walks (12), hits (36), runs scored (24) and total bases (65). She is tied for first in triples (3), second in doubles (8), second in stolen bases (6) and second in sacrifice hits (2).

Mihalek (ECSU athletics)

Adrianna Mihalek, Eastern Connecticut State University volleyball

Mihalek had a decorated career with the Warriors, and she was recognized for it by the school.
Mihalek was chosen for the Bonnie J. Edmondson Senior Female SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award. The award recognizes athletic excellence, dedication, loyalty, enthusiasm, integrity, spirit and devotion to the team, according to a story put out on ECSU’s website.
Mihalek was strong on and off the court for the Warriors. She is one of only two volleyball players to compile 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Mihalek was a four-time All-Little East Conference selection, 2013 LEC Rookie of the Year, a three-time LEC All-Academic qualifier and a nominee for Academic All-America.
Off the court, Mihalek has been involved in a whole bunch of extracurricular activities. According to her team bio, Mihalek is a History major and has plans for a career in law.
Mihalek played for Holy Cross High School and is a resident of Woodbury.

Lombardo (Salve Regina athletics)

Elizabeth Lombardo, Salve Regina University softball
Lombardo came up big in the clutch for the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s best team on April 20.
The Thomaston native and former Holy Cross standout delivered a run-scoring double to right field to lead the Seahawks to a 4-3 walkoff win over Eastern Connecticut State University in the first game of a doubleheader. Lombardo had a huge day, compiling five hits and four RBI over the two games.
For the season, Lombardo played in 30 games and hit .351 with 25 runs scored, 21 RBI, 11 walks, 13 stolen bases, 33 hits, six doubles and an on-base percentage of .417. She ranked second in runs scored, walks, tied for second in RBI and tied for second in stolen bases. She was third in hits, tied for third in doubles and fourth in on-base percentage. Lombardo compiled a bushel of two- and three-hit games this season.
Salve Regina is the top seed in the upcoming CCC Tournament.

Matt Warren, Albertus Magnus College baseball

Warren (Albertus Magnus athletics)

His batting average may not be where he wants it, but this freshman from Wolcott is still contributing to the offensive effort.
Warren is tied for third in doubles (5), fourth in doubles (18), fourth in walks (10), tied for fourth in hits (18) and tied for fourth in runs scored (13). He is one of three Falcons to triple this season, and he is also one of three players to hit a home run. Warren has one triple and one homer each. He has stolen three bases without being caught. Warren is hitting .228 for the season.
It’s been a tough season for Albertus Magnus, which has a record of 8-18-1. The Falcons are scheduled to close the regular season with doubleheaders today and Saturday.

Statistics compiled from the websites of each athlete’s team.