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Ashby an MVP again

Softball: Crescenta Valley pitcher, leadoff hitter tabbed as league's best talent for second straight year.

June 11, 2011|By Grant Gordon and Jeff Tully, grant.gordon@latimes.com; jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High pitcher Erin Ashby was named Pacific League Most Valuable Player.
Crescenta Valley High pitcher Erin Ashby was named Pacific… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — Though Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs shared the Pacific League softball title this past season, once more it was Falcons standout Erin Ashby that stood alone as the league’s most valuable player.

Not since Arcadia’s Jenna Rodriguez in 2007 had a player won consecutive Pacific League MVPs and not since Crescenta Valley’s Meredith Cervenka in 2001 had a player won consecutive outright MVPs in the league. Thus, the Stanford-bound Ashby left an indelible mark on Crescenta Valley and the Pacific League.

“It feels really good,” said Ashby of the honor — the fifth straight for a Falcons player, either outright or shared. “It just kinda shows that the more hard work you put in, you benefit from it.

“It’s such an honor to be selected.”

Falcons Coach Dan Berry explained the criteria for the league’s MVP as the player any coach would begin with when starting to build a team.

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“Based upon the fact that she can hit, pitch, run and field, she fit that description,” he said. “There were a lot of good players in the league, but I think her versatility put her at the top.”

Ashby hit .636 on the season with 47 runs, 43 runs batted in and 10 home runs, while going 15-3 in the circle with a 2.02 earned-run average and 124 strikeouts in 97 innings pitches. During league action — which is the premise for the voting — she led the Pacific with a .653 average and 26 runs and was second with five home runs and 29 RBI. She also tallied a 1.31 ERA in league and a 10-1 record.

Across the first team, 10 of the 11 slots were taken by area players: Heather Haynes, Haley Schulman and Shannon Trujillo of Burroughs, Kelly Bako, Hannah Cookson and Jessica Morena of Crescenta Valley, Crystal Diaz and Katie Hooper of Burbank, Kaitlyn Williams of Hoover and Casey Ramirez of Glendale.

The Indians (19-8) shared the league championship after winning it outright in 2010 and were led by Trujillo, a junior catcher, Haynes, a junior pitcher and Schulman, a junior pitcher/designated player.

“Getting [six] on all-league is about as good as it gets,” said Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol, who completed his first season with the team. “It was also nice to have three first-teamers.”

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