Nearly a week after being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft, former Crowder pitcher Aaron Ashby earned All-American first team honors Monday from the NJCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
Both Ashby and fellow sophomore pitcher Zach Jackson have now earned All-American honors after the recent season.
During his sophomore campaign, Ashby put up some ridiculous numbers that garnered serious attention and were mentioned when the Brewers selected Ashby with the 125th overall pick.
Ashby posted a 11-2 overall record with a 2.29 ERA, but it was the strikeout numbers that attracted astonished reactions — 156 strikeouts over 74 2/3 innings, or 18.80 strikeouts per nine innings. Ashby led NJCAA-I in both strikeouts and strikeouts per nine.
At one point in the season, Ashby threw three no-hitters over a span of four starts.
In Ashby’s 13 starts, he recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts during an eight-inning gem against Mineral Area in a Region 16 tournament elimination game at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
Saving the best for last in a Crowder uniform, Ashby reached double-digit strikeouts in his last five starts. Overall, he recorded double-digit strikeouts in 10 outings. Also, keep in mind that a good number of his starts were shortened by Crowder run-rule victories.
Iowa Western’s Sean Chandler and Monroe’s Antonio Frias joined Ashby as the pitching arms on the first team.
NJCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN
P: Aaron Ashby, Crowder
P: Sean Chandler, Iowa Western
P: Antonio Frias, Monroe
C: Conrado Diaz, Trinidad State
IF: C.J. Alexander, State College of Florida
IF: Austin Henry, Walters State
IF: Joey Polak, Jefferson
OF: Mark Castelblanco, Clarendon
OF: Luis Pelayo, Connors State
OF: Alex Peterson, Cowley
DH: Colton Burgess, Connors State
P: Landon Knack, Walters State
P: Yusniel Padron, Miami Dade
P: Blake Rivera, Wallace State
C: Colton Onstott, Dodge City
IF: Phil Archer, Olney Central
IF: Bryan Lavastida, Hillsborough
IF: Michael Lawson, Panola
IF: Hunter Wolfe, Walters State
OF: Juston Dunnam, Coastal Alabama-South
OF: Cole Ercher, South Georgia
OF: Andrew Eyster, Santa Fe
OF: Tyler Leichenborn, Iowa Western
DH: Oraj Anu, Wallace-Dothan
P: Cole Ganopulos, Chattahoochee Valley
P: Zach Mainor, South Georgia
P: Braden Scott, Olney Central
P: Dylan Steen, Southern Idaho
C: Josh Breaux, McLennan
IF: Joseph Locascio, Kishwaukee
IF: Andrew Miller, Grayson
IF: Bryan Sturges, Howard
IF: Malik Williams, Johnson County
OF: Dylan Harris, Walters State
OF: Andrew Morrow, Fort Scott
OF: Alerick Soularie, San Jacinto
DH: Angel Colon, New Mexico Military Institute
Sean Roby, IF, Arizona Western
Joseph Nahas, P, Chesapeake
Dayan Reinoso, IF, Chesapeake
Andrew Grogan, P, Chipola
Max Guzman, C/IF, Chipola
William Hollis, OF, Cisco
Alex Palmer, P, Cisco
Erik Dabrowski, P, Cloud County
Rafael Vasquez, IF, Florence-Darlington
Indigo Diaz, P, Iowa Western
Grant Miller, P, McClennan
Jacob Candleberry, P, San Jacinto
Gunner Halter, SS, Seminole State
DeShawn Lookout, OF, Seminole State
Dalton Reed, IF, Seminole State
Hayden Latham, OF, Southern Idaho
Blake Mattey, OF, Trinidad State
Eric McGirt, OF, USC Sumter