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Gulfport's Alex Nelms, Emma Rae Castanedo of St. Patrick are Sun Herald Players of the Week

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 Southern Miss signee Alex Nelms was impressive on the pitcher's mound for Gulfport last week.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Southern Miss signee Alex Nelms was impressive on the pitcher's mound for Gulfport last week.

Gulfport senior baseball star Alex Nelms and St. Patrick senior softball standout Emma Rae Castanedo are the Sun Herald Players of the Week after a pair of strong individual performances last week.

Nelms is the Boys Player of the Week following a dominant pitching performance in a 2-0 win over George County a week ago. He retired the first 18 batters he faced and finished with a 1-hitter in the Region 8-7/6A victory.

Nelms (4-1) gave up a hit to start the seventh and walked the next man before retiring the next three batters. The right-hander has a 0.52 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks in 27 innings this season.

The Southern Miss signee was also 6-for-15 at the plate as the Admirals (10-4, 2-2) finished the week with a 4-1 record.

Castanedo, St. Patrick's shortstop, is this week's Girls Player of the Week after putting up some strong numbers at the plate last week.

She went 7-for-10 with a home run, five doubles and 12 RBIs in two blowout wins for the Fighting Irish last week.

The Mississippi College signee is batting .484 this season.

St. Patrick (9-0) beat Perry Central 20-3 and West Marion 16-1.

March 22: Dustin Davis (Bay High) and Kaylan Ladner (Hancock).

March 15: Dylan Cagle (West Harrison) and Ameshya Williams (West Harrison).

March 8: Cade Ross (D'Iberville) and Savannah Jones (St. Martin).

March 1: Fred Ramsey-Thompson (Biloxi) and Adyn Strickland (Harrison Central).

Feb. 23: Maliq Leaks (Pass Christian) and Ameshya Williams (West Harrison).

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