Former Crowder pitcher Aaron Ashby enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history his sophomore season and one of the best careers overall at Crowder.
During that sophomore campaign, Ashby logged a 11-2 record with one save and 156 strikeouts and 43 walks over 74 2/3 innings. Ashby led NJCAA Division I in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings. He also finished with six complete games and multiple no-hitters. Ashby formed with fellow sophomore Zach Jackson one of the best 1-2 pitching combinations in the country.
In his final performance in a Crowder uniform, an elimination game in the Region 16 tournament, Ashby struck out 17 and walked three in a victory over Mineral Area. Ashby allowed one run (earned) on five hits over eight innings.
"He (Ashby) was as dominant as he's ever been," Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said after the victory. "I didn't even realize 17 strikeouts, but really impressive. He kept his composure. There were a couple situations early there that could have got away from him and he located on three breaking balls. Mineral Area's a good offensive team and we knew this was going to be a tough matchup. A lot of people were wondering who we were going to throw and there was no question in my mind who we had to throw with our season on the line."
The Milwaukee Brewers picked the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Ashby in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
In his first professional season, Ashby finished with a 2-3 overall record and a 3.59 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 17 walks over 57 2/3 innings.
Ashby played for rookie ball Helena and Single-A Wisconsin, for whom he fared better than at lower level Helena. He went 1-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 47 strikeouts and nine walks over 37 1/3 innings for the Timber Rattlers.
Ashby won pitcher of the week honors (July 22) for Helena.