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Ashway leads the way

Waynesboro freshman handcuffs Cougars

Waynesboro freshman handcuffs Cougars

April 07, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - With ace Taryn Ashway set to make her third start in three days this afternoon, Waynesboro wanted to get in and out of West Virginia as quickly as possible Thursday.

The Maidens ensured a quick getaway by scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth to bring the 10-run mercy rule into play as they topped Jefferson, 15-2.

"Right before the fifth inning, I said we need to score four runs so we can go home and get a break," said Maidens coach Doug Stuart. "I think (Ashway) is starting to wear down a little and we don't have a real backup. We just need one more from her before she can have a rest."

Ashway will take on Susquenita today in search for her third straight victory. The freshman pitched a complete-game two-hitter Wednesday against Big Spring and allowed only one hit to Jefferson. She struck out 10, walked one batter and hit another.

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"I threw a lot of fastballs, but I kind of worked all of my pitches in," Ashway said. "I didn't really use the changeup, though. I just wanted to keep the ball low because they have a lot of tall girls."

Waynesboro (3-1) aided its young pitcher with plenty of offense. The Maidens batted around in the first inning, scoring five runs with two outs, helped by an error. A second Cougars error loaded the bases in the second inning for Mallory Wishard, who smacked a double to drive in three runs, and increase the Maidens lead to 8-0.

"The score should have been a lot closer," said Jefferson coach Leslie Simpson. "We made a lot of mistakes on routine plays. We gave them seven of their eight runs."

Jefferson (5-6) got two runs back in the fourth when Jodi Haynes broke up Ashway's no-hitter with a double to right field. Ashway beaned Katlin Thorsell to put two Cougars on base for the first time in the game. Haynes and Thorsell moved around the bases on three passed balls to cut the lead to 8-2.

Stuart took no chances at an extended game and unleashed his potent offense in the fifth. Paige Tanner crushed a Chelsea Smith pitch down the right field line that sailed over the head of a charging Tori Hutto. Tanner rounded the bases for an inside-the-park, two-run home run that put into effect the mercy rule at 12-2. A fourth Jefferson error and three more hits led to three insurance runs for Waynesboro. The Maidens finished with 16 hits.

"Our offense is definitely something that's been coming along," Stuart said. "We had 15 hits against Big Spring and a lot today. You've got to feel pretty good about that."

Ashway and Kristi Young each had three hits to lead the Maidens. Boo Kuhn, Autum Phillips and Wishard each had two hits.

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