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Twice the contributor

Erin Ashby shined once more as a hitter, batting .568, and added pitching duties and a 1.72 ERA to lead the CV charge.

August 06, 2010|By Grant Gordon,
  • Crescenta Valley's Erin Ashby is the 2010 All-Area Softball Player of the Year.
Crescenta Valley's Erin Ashby is the 2010 All-Area… (Scott Smeltzer…)

During her first two seasons at Crescenta Valley High, particularly her sophomore campaign, Erin Ashby became a standout contributor at the plate and in the infield for the Falcons.

With a bona fide all-star cast surrounding her during her freshman and sophomore years, Ashby became one of many Falcons putting up gaudy numbers at the plate and earning herself a Division I scholarship.

But as the 2010 season rolled around, Ashby stepped to the forefront for the Falcons, taking on not just a leadership role, but having to maintain her status as one of the team's and area's best hitters, all the while taking on pitching duties.

"If she had not stepped up to do that, we might not have had others stepping up and willing to do that," Crescenta Valley High Coach Dan Berry says. "She was the straw that stirred the drink in terms of keeping our program swirling in the right direction."


In a season in which individual standouts were plentiful, from Ashby's Falcons teammate Alyssa Sovereign to Pacific League rivals Kassy Uchida of Burbank and Heather Haynes of Burroughs or La Cañada standout Anna Edwards, it was Ashby's dual contributions that stood out most.

Thus, it was Ashby's numbers at both the plate and in the circle that combined to make her the complete package and the 2010 All-Area Softball Player of the Year, as voted by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, La Cañada Valley Sun and Burbank Leader.

Ashby finished her sophomore season with a .515 average along with 47 runs, 32 runs batted in and 14 extra-base hits. Those numbers translated into a fair share of notoriety and accolades.

One telling statistic that was often overlooked, however, was the 0.00 earned-run average she tallied in a brief three innings of work. But there was more than that going on behind the scenes.

"I felt that we might have to go that way," says Berry of calling on Ashby as a junior for pitching duties. "She threw a lot last year without having to throw in a game."

Though Ashby had only previously pitched when she was part of a 12-and-under Crescenta Valley All-Stars team, Berry's plan did come to fruition.

"He just told me it would help the team," Ashby says. "I did what I could. I did what was best for the program."

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