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Ashway signs to play softball at Saint Joseph's

November 15, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro senior Taryn Ashway - the 2008 Herald-Mail Softball Pitcher of the Year - has been dominating the high school level since her very first start as a freshman in 2006, when she outdueled Greencastle-Antrim's 2005 and 2006 Herald-Mail Player of the Year Sarah Signore, who's currently pitching for St. Bonaventure.

Just like Signore, Ashway will have the opportunity to continue her career at the NCAA Division I level.

On Wednesday, Ashway signed a letter-of-intent to play at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

"I like the size of the school, and when I met Coach (Terry Adams), I fell in love with her, she's so nice." Ashway said Saturday. "She's a newer coach, she's working on bringing up a new program and I'm excited to be a part of that."

"She spent a lot of time and effort to get where she is today, and it's great to see a kid work as hard as she's worked and get rewarded for it," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said on Friday.

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Ashway went 23-4 with a 0.50 ERA and 353 strikeouts in 192 2/3 innings in her junior year as Waynesboro reached the PIAA District 3-AAAA championship game for the first time. Ashway set school records for wins, strikeouts and shutouts (14).

"Any time you can get a quality player like Taryn, and especially at as dominant a position as the pitcher is, she's someone who can keep you in games, keep you close where you feel like one or two runs can win games," Stuart said.

Ashway, who earned Herald-Mail All-Area First Team selections in 2006 and 2007, is a combined 49-16 with 776 strikeouts in 459 2/3 innings in her prep career.

She's also a feared hitter - best shown by her sophomore season when she hit .606 with six doubles and four home runs. Teams stayed away from her last season, walking her intentionally 21 times.

"One of the things I was looking for was to get a chance to earn a spot in the offensive lineup and maybe play first base when I'm not pitching," Ashway said. "(Adams) said I'd get the opportunity for that, and that's what I wanted."

"She has an opportunity to go right in and be an impact player, and she'll be able to hit, too," Stuart said. "She might like hitting as much as pitching. The city life has something to do with it, she'll get out and see the rest of the world a little bit, but it's close enough her parents can still see her play. And it's an up-and-coming program so she can play a big role in their success."

Ashway will have at least one familiar face with her at Saint Joseph's - Greencastle senior catcher Rochelle Christman signed her letter-of-intent on Tuesday. They're fierce rivals in high school but teammates on the Frederick Heartbreakers travel team coached by Terry Burdette.

"I verballed in March and we'd talked about it," Ashway said. "We thought it'd be cool to play together since we work so well together for the Heartbreakers."

"That's a great package deal," Stuart said. "You need a great pitcher and a great catcher, and both those girls are quality players."

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