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Maidens' Ashway makes it look easy vs. Central York

May 28, 2008|By Chris Carter

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - The idea of losing in the Pennsylvania District 3-AAAA semifinals never entered Waynesboro pitcher Taryn Ashway's head.

She made sure Tuesday that the reality of it never loomed.

Ashway pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts as the Maidens topped Central York 3-0 to advance to the district championship game for the first time in school history.

Waynesboro (23-2) will play Lower Dauphin in the district final Thursday. The time and venue are to be determined.

Waynesboro has handed Lower Dauphin its only two losses this season, both shutouts.

"We never thought we would lose," said Ashway (23-2). "I just focused in on my pitches. Everything was working."

With the win the Maidens earned a spot in the state tournament - also a first in school history.

"This was a doable goal that we thought we could establish," said Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart. "Every year you have lofty goals and this is one of those."

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The Maidens backed their ace by wearing down Central York pitcher Lauren Walker. A sacrifice fly by Hillary Rowe gave Waynesboro a 1-0 edge in the second inning and Erin Lisko and Ashway had a pair of run-scoring hits in the fifth.

"To get a sacrifice fly in that situation was crucial," Stuart said. "We got some key hits at the right time. You just don't know who's going to be the one to get it."

Lisko finished with two hits - her double in the fifth was the only extra-base hit of the game.

"I was trying to get her a bunt and she goes and hits a huge (double)," Stuart said.

That bit of offense was enough for Ashway, who survived four walks and a hit batter. Two runners made it into scoring position in the sixth, but she answered with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

"I adjusted to the (rubber) and everything was good," she said.

"She's a girl that when the going gets tough, she steps it up," Stuart said. "She got a little erratic and those (four) walks were probably the second-most she's had this season."

When Ashway takes the circle Thursday, she will be going for her third shutout of Lower Dauphin, which beat Governor Mifflin 3-1 on Tuesday.

"Win or lose, it's not like our season is over," Stuart said. "We have a lot left to do."

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