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Ashway's arm, Adams' bat carried clubs

June 21, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Waynesboro junior Taryn Ashway is no stranger to success -- the Maidens' ace earned Herald-Mail All-Area First Team honors as a freshman and sophomore.

It all was just a prelude to this season, when Ashway and the Maidens soared to new heights.

Ashway -- the 2008 Herald-Mail Softball Pitcher of the Year -- started every game and went 23-4, with a 0.50 ERA, allowing 80 hits and 46 walks while striking out 353 in 192 2/3 innings. She set school records for wins, strikeouts and shutouts (14).

Waynesboro set a school record for most victories in a season and reached the PIAA District 3-AAAA final for the first time, earning a berth to the state tournament.

"This year was just awesome," Ashway said. "We had a really great season, we took it one game at a time and I'm really proud of what we accomplished."

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"She really wants to do well and she's just had, really, a phenomenal year," Maidens coach Doug Stuart said. "She's a pretty special girl. This is her third year as a starter and she's always taken the ball. You ask her if she's ready and she always is. She never complains, even when she got a little injury with her leg, she still was a warrior and she wanted the ball."

Ashway helped herself by hitting .311 with six homers and 21 walks.

* Musselman junior third baseman Kaila Adams is the 2008 Herald-Mail Softball Hitter of the Year, batting .505 (48-for-95) with eight doubles, seven homers and 30 RBIs. She earned herself her second straight spot on the All-Area First Team.

"She's a line-drive hitter," Applemen coach Rick Kees said. "She hits the ball hard every time, and most of her home runs have been the line-drive variety. They're not a Barry Bonds-type of hit, but she hits the ball hard. She does a nice job going to all fields from right-center to left-center."

Adams battled through a back injury suffered during basketball season to put her stamp on the Applemen's run to the West Virginia Class AAA Region II title -- upsetting Hedgesville in the process -- and a trip to the state tournament.

"I just wanted to get my back stronger come out and hit like I did last year," Adams said. "That (regional) game is always huge. Last year we lost to (Hedgesville) three times in the regular season and this year we lost to them twice. We were tired of losing to them. We always do well in regionals against them, and they're our rival, which makes us want to beat them more."

The 2008 Herald-Mail All-Area Softball First Team

Kelly Beard, Williamsport, Jr., P

Beard went 10-2 with a 1.10 ERA, allowing 42 hits and 18 walks while striking out 113 in 96 innings for the MVAL Antietam champions.

Jessica Shirley, Hedgesville, Jr., P

Shirley finished 19-3 with a 1.26 ERA for the Eagles. She allowed 95 hits and 28 walks while striking out 153 in 144 2/3 innings.

Autumn Appleby, Greencastle-Antrim, Fr., P

Appleby finished 16-4 and entered the PIAA Class AAA state tournament having struck out 123 in 115 innings. The Blue Devils won their first District 3 title.

Katie Marrama, St. Maria Goretti, Sr., C

Marrama hit .517 (30-for-58) with eight doubles, four homers and 22 RBIs for the Gaels. She also stole 35 bases and scored 18 runs.

Christina Mehaffie, Clear Spring, Sr., 1B

Mehaffie hit .500 (25-for-50) with 17 doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs for the Blazers.

Megan Eichelberger, McConnellsburg, Jr., 2B

Eichelberger hit .586 (34-for-58) with nine doubles and 17 RBIs. She scored 22 runs.

Brittany Hyatt, South Hagerstown, Sr., SS

Hyatt hit .508 (31-for-61) with 11 doubles, four triples, two homers and 21 RBIs.

Lacey Williams, Musselman, Sr., OF

Williams hit .448 (47-for-105) with eight doubles and 22 RBIs, stole 20 bases and scored 29 runs.

Brittany Kolb, Hedgesville, Sr., OF

Kolb hit .439 (43-for-98) with four doubles, four triples and 20 RBIs. She stole 16 bases and scored 34 runs.

Roxanne DeWalt, Greencastle-Antrim, Sr., OF

DeWalt, a slap-hitter as a lefty who can turn and hit for power as a righty, hit .420 with three doubles and three triples and stole nine bases.

Jillian Shawyer, Musselman, Sr., Util.

Shawyer hit .366 (41-for-112) with 11 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs.

Rochelle Christman, Greencastle-Antrim, Jr., DH

Christman entered the state tournament hitting .436 with four doubles, two triples, six homers and eight steals.

All-Area Softball Second Team

P Emily Estep, So., Chambersburg

P Taylar Moore, Jr., Musselman

P Abby Elliott, Jr., Hedgesville

P Laken Beers, Jr., James Buchanan

C Samantha Nazelrod, Jr., Hedgesville

1B Jaime Donato, Sr., Boonsboro

2B Gabby Turano, Sr., St. Maria Goretti

3B Destanie Agee, So., North Hagerstown

SS Breanne Lohman, So., Boonsboro

OF Nikki Stephenson, Jr., Musselman

OF Jessica Hartman, Fr., Smithsburg

OF Alexa Hostler, Sr., Musselman

Util Boo Kuhn, Sr., Waynesboro

DH Amanda Waltman, Sr., Berkeley Springs

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