By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Ashley Ebersole (Central '09) is making the most of her senior season.
The Emory and Henry catcher is currently ranked in the NCAA Division III top 10 in four different categories.
Ebersole has started all 29 games for the Wasps and leads the team in most offensive categories. She has 10 home runs, 29 RBIs, 37 runs scored and eight doubles. Ebersole leads the team with a .425 (37-for-87) batting average. She has also walked nine times, and is 2-for-2 in steals.
She is currently tied for third in the nation in home runs, just two off the lead. She is fourth in home runs per game (.48). She is tied for ninth in country in RBIs per game (1.33). She is second in the country in slugging percentage (1.000). Ebersole also has no errors behind the plate.
Ebersole did a lot of damage in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 4-7.
The Wasps played eight games, and went 5-3. Ebersole went 14-for-24 (.583) at the plate and had six home runs, including two grand slams. She had 20 RBIs, a .609 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage for the week.
She was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week on March 11.
Her 10 homers set a school record for homers in a season. She is second all-time in career homers at Emory and Henry.
The Wasps host a doubleheader with Shenandoah on Saturday. They have nine games left in the season. They are currently 10-19, including 2-9 in the ODAC.
On April 7, Ebersole played against one of her former Central teammates -- Brea Hinegardner -- as the Wasps hosted Bridgewater College.
The Eagles swept the doubleheader 8-0 and 14-6. Ebersole went a combined 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Hinegardner helped lead the Eagles to the sweep, going a combined 3-for-7 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
FRESHMAN IMPACT: Tre Porter (Sherando '12) is making plenty of noise in his first season at Potomac State University.
The freshman is batting .400 (30-for-75) and has an on-base percentage of .535, which is 14th in the country. He has played in 25 games for the Catamounts.
Porter has scored a team-best 26 runs, seven doubles and four triples. He is also third on the team in RBIs (19) and leads the team in walks (20). Porter is also second on the team in stolen bases (7) and has been caught stealing only once.
The Catamounts are 19-10, but still have 20 games left in the regular season.
ON TRACK: Dylan Shirley (Stonewall Jackson '12) is having a respectable year at Kent State University.
The track and field freshman started his outdoor track season off on a solid note as he finished ninth in the long jump (21-04.25) in the Virginia Invitational held in Charlottesville on March 30.
Shirley helped lead the Golden Flash to a third-place finish in the meet. Shirley's former teammate John-Michael Pirtle (Stonewall Jackson '12) also had a strong day, leading the the University of Virginia's 400 relay team to a fourth-place finish. Pirtle also finished ninth in the pole vault (3.82) and eighth in the javelin (36.85).
Shirley also had a strong indoor track season. He finished 12th (6.58 m.) in the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track Championships held in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Feb. 22-23. Shirley also finished 12th (12.86 m.) in the triple jump. The Golden Flash finished third in the meet.
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