Erin Ashby has been told by her mom, Tika, that she's lucky because
she wears No. 25, the same one as Mark McGwire.
The 11-year-old has been told by her father, Bill, that, in order
to hit with the same type of power as the future Hall of Famer, she
needs to keep her weight back and drive the ball.
A combination of luck and skill helped the Crescenta Valley
All-Star pitcher become the hero Thursday at Scholl Canyon Park.
Burb.-Tuj. 0 2 1 0 0 1 -- 4 2 3
Cres. Valley 0 0 1 2 1 1 -- 5 3 5
Burb.-Tuj. IP H R ER BB K
Sanchez 5 3 5 3 9 10
Cres. Valley IP H R ER BB K
Ashby 6 2 4 1 5 7
WP-- Ashby (1-0).
LP-- Sanchez (0-1).
SB: BT-Rodriguez, Smith, White; CV-Cowell, Gay, Lombardi, Rinder,
After surrendering the tying run to Burbank-Tujunga in the top of
the sixth, Ashby delivered a bases-loaded walk-off single in the
bottom of the inning to lift CV to a 5-4 win in the inaugural Little
League District 16 11-year-old All-Star Softball Tournament.
"[Erin] stepped up and did a great job," said Bill Ashby, who is
also the coach of the CV squad, which needs one more win in the
best-of-three series, with its next chance coming at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday at Scholl.
"But all the girls did well. They played hard and [won] it as a
Erin Ashby needed all the support she could get after CV fell
behind, 3-0, after 2 1/2 innings, even though she had surrendered
just one hit.
"It was frustrating because we couldn't make the plays," said the
right-hander, who yielded two hits in all, along with striking out
seven, and collecting two hits, including a run-scoring double in the
"But then we came back and got ourselves together and started
hitting the ball."
Delaney Gay scored in the third and fourth, Nicole Salas also
scored, and Ashby tallied the go-ahead run to give CV a 4-3 lead in
the fifth, before Burbank-Tujunga rallied to tie it.
Maria Leone, Whitney Cowell and Gay all reached base in the sixth
to set the stage for Ashby.