Ashby is queen of Pacific League

Softball: Ashby is league POY

Eleven other locals picked for team.

June 08, 2010|By Grant Gordon
  • Erin Ashby was a stellar pitcher and hitter for Crescenta Valley High.
Erin Ashby was a stellar pitcher and hitter for Crescenta… (Scott Smeltzer/News-Press )

GLENDALE — Having made staggering contributions both at the plate and in the circle, a case could have been made that Crescenta Valley High's Erin Ashby proved to be the most versatile softball player in the Pacific League.

A case was made that she was the most valuable player and it concluded with the junior standout being voted the 2010 All-Pacific League Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

"It was an honor to be granted that award with all the great players in the league," said Ashby, who played an instrumental role in the Falcons going 18-9 overall and finishing second in league with a 12-2 mark that included 10 consecutive league wins in which they avenged earlier losses to league champion Burroughs and Burbank.

The Stanford-bound Ashby was a first-team selection last season, but converted from playing third base to pitching for the Falcons this season.

"[I'm] happy for Erin," Falcons Coach Dan Berry said. "I thought that was a culmination of hard work.


"It's not easy to be told the year before you're gonna take over the pitching and, oh by the way, we want you to be the leadoff hitter and we want you to be a captain. It was a great job by her to be able to do so many things. She did a fantastic job."

In addition to Ashby, senior shortstop Alyssa Sovereign, one of the league's top hitters and arguably its best fielder, and junior first baseman Sydney House garnered first-team accolades, as did Hoover senior pitcher Christina Iezza and Glendale junior pitcher Casey Ramirez.

Ashby hit a team-best .568 (50 for 88) and also led her team with 38 runs scored, nine doubles and five triples. She added 32 runs batted in and 10 walks, while striking out just five times. Her pitching numbers saw her go 13-6 ith a 1.72 earned-run average. She tossed 118 innings and allowed 90 hits and 29 earned runs. Ashby struck out 137 to 25 walks.

Admittedly, Ashby said there was extra pressure for her this season, transferring from a starting spot in the infield to taking over the pitching duties.

"With any situation there's pressure," she said. "Especially not being a pitcher, there was pressure, but you have your team to worry about and that's the most important thing."

Sovereign, who will play at Penn State, also made a transition from second base to shortstop and from being the team's No. 2 hitter to its No. 3 batter.

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