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Ashway opens season, career in style

March 28, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - As debuts go, Waynesboro freshman Taryn Ashway's varsity softball version was about as memorable as they come.

She singled. She doubled. She tripled. She drove in four runs. She struck out 15. And the 14-year-old outplayed the 2005 Herald-Mail Player of the Year, Greencastle-Antrim pitcher Sarah Signore.

The best thing is, there's lots of time left in Ashway's career for plenty of encores.

"It's really exciting for my first time out, beating one of the better teams out there," said Ashway of the Maidens' 7-4 victory over the Blue Devils on Monday. "I'd heard a bit (about Signore). I just focused on pitching my best and doing what I could for the team."

Ashway allowed four runs - three earned - on five hits and two walks, striking out the side three times.

Greencastle had some good swings at her: Signore singled twice and scored three runs, Rochelle Christman doubled, singled and drove in two and Maxie George tripled and scored in the seventh inning. But otherwise, Ashway was on her game, mixing her pitches and using a rise and screwball to maximum effect.

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"She's (going to be) a big part of the success of this team," Maidens coach Doug Stuart said. "If we get seven runs with her pitching, we feel pretty good. She had 15 punchouts, and that eliminates the mistakes that can happen in the field. She has six pitches, has good control and she hits well, too."

Waynesboro took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Paige Tanner worked Signore for a walk, stole second and scored on Ashway's single.

But the big breakthrough for the Maidens came in the fifth, which they entered trailing, 2-1. Emily Wilson led off with her second single of the game. After a strikeout, Amanda Redano walked and Ashway crushed a triple down the right-field line to drive Wilson and Redano in for a 3-2 lead.

Kristy Young reached base on a bunt when Greencastle chose to hold Ashway at third, making no attempt for the out at first. With Kim Knott at the plate, Ashway was awarded home and Young second when Signore was called for an illegal pitch. After Knott walked, Boo Kuhn singled, and a throwing error allowed Young and Knott to score for a 6-2 lead.

Tanner walked and scored on Ashway's moonshot double to deep left field in the sixth for Waynesboro's final run.

"They just hit the ball a little better than we did," Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson said. "That's the difference. ... It's just one of those days they put the ball in play a little more and found some holes."

Signore allowed seven runs - five earned - on eight hits and an uncharacteristic five walks while striking out 10.

"I was surprised we got as many hits off Signore as we did," Stuart said. "This is a quality win against a quality team, and I'm proud of the way we battled back in the fifth inning. ... This is probably one of the biggest wins we've had in a long time at Waynesboro."

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