Throwing his second no-hitter in a row earned Crowder sophomore pitcher Aaron Ashby the NJCAA Division I pitcher of the week for the second week in a row. The NJCAA made the announcement Wednesday.
Ashby was even better the second time around, last Friday against Mineral Area at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
In a 17-0 five-inning run-rule win, Ashby struck out 13 and walked one, the latter number down five from his previous no-no against St. Louis.
In fact, the one walk was his lowest number in any start this season.
Overall, Ashby owns a 6-1 record with a 2.77 ERA and 86 strikeouts and 28 walks over 39 innings. He’s at 19.85 strikeouts per nine innings. Ashby’s thrown three complete games and earned a save in one of two non-starts this season.
Ashby leads NJCAA-I in strikeouts, six ahead of South Mountain pitcher Keegan McCarville, who’s appeared in one more game than Ashby (10-9) and made three more starts (10-7) than the Crowder southpaw. Ashby also leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings.
“He (Ashby) was dominant,” Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said after Ashby’s no-hitter against Mineral Area. “His fastball command early set the tone for the day and when he starts spinning the breaking ball, it’s obviously a tough pitch to hit but it’s even tougher to lay off when he’s getting the fastball where he wants. He pretty much had his way.”
Ashby’s scoreless streak stands at 13 1/3 innings, since he surrendered a two-run double to Maple Woods’ Cole Nichols in the third inning of a game March 15 at home against the Monarchs.
The bad news for Three Rivers this weekend is that both Ashby no-hitters came away from Roughrider Field.
Crowder and Three Rivers are slated to begin their four-game Region 16 series Saturday and the ‘Riders, ranked No. 11 in the latest NJCAA-I poll, enter the series 28-8 overall and 14-2 Region 16.