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Eagles Baseball are the Ashley Spring Break Tournament Champs for the 1st Time in School History

• 4/14 - Ashley 11 Dinwiddie 1 - Bad weather forecast for Tuesday prompted four teams to begin their run in the Ashley Spring Break Tournament a day early, as Southlake Christian HS took on Laney at 5:30, followed by Dinwiddie, VA against Ashley immediately after.  Each game was started after a moment of silence in memory of Alex Newsome, a 6th grader at Roland Grise who was killed by a line drive during batting practice last Friday.  
Laney and Ashley both wore commemorative jerseys with the phrase "Newsome Strong" on the front, and 2 games were completed.  In the first game, Southlake Christian ended up beating Laney by a score of 9-3.  In the nightcap, Donovan Francis tossed 6 innings of 2-hit baseball, picking up the win on the mound by a score of 11-1 via the mercy rule.  Ashley was paced at the plate by numerous players, including Shane Shepard (single, double, RBI),Cully Crott (single, double, 2  RBI), William Noxon (2 singles, 3 RBIs), and Kameron Johnson (2 singles, homerun, 3 RBI), and Dakota Perryman and Drake Overton each added singles.  Ashley advances to the winner's bracket and will play Southlake Christian at 4:30 on Wednesday.  Ashly's record is now 11-5, 6-3 in the conference.
• 4/16 – Ashley 4 SouthLake Christian Academy 3 - Despite being outhit 8 to 6, the Ashley baseball team had more in the runs column, pulling out an 8-inning, 4-3 win against Southlake Christian. Noah Borntrager pitched a great game, tossing into the 7th inning and making an amazing catch on a liner back at him. Scoring was scarce for both teams early, before Ashley struck in the 4th with an infield single by Dakota Perryman, followed immediately by William Noxon with a 2 run homer.
 The lead would fall in the top of the 6t...h, as Southlake took a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Shane Shepard led off with a walk, Cole Slocum sacrificed him to second, and he scored on a Cully Crott RBI single to tie the game. Kameron Johnson came on in relief of Noah, and got out of a jam in the 8th, allowing no runs. With one out in the bottom of the 8th, Shepard walked again, Slocum reached by an error, and Crott reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with one out.
Dakota Perryman then did the rest, roping a line drive to left to win the game in walk-off fashion.
• 4/18 – Ashley 3 Northwest Guilford 1 - Ashley Spring Break Tournament Champs!!!   For the first time in school history, the Ashley Screaming Eagles are the champions of the Ashley Spring Break Baseball Tournament!!  The Eagles beat the NW Guilford Vikings in an awesome baseball game.  Cully Crott earned tournament MVP honors by tossing a complete game, striking out 6 and scattering 5 hits.  Ashley struck first in the bottom of the 3rd, as Jesse Goyne walked, Evan Laverick got hit by a pitch, then Cole Slocum drove Jesse in with the first run.  Evan then scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the 4th, William Noxon walked, moved to second on a Kameron Johnson single to right, then to 3rd on a Donovan Francis walk.  Nox then scored on another wild pitch.  Cully ran into trouble, with the bases loaded and no outs in the 6th, but then induced two popups to William at first base, and then with a 3-2 count on the hitter, picked the runner off first to escape the jam unscathed.  
The Ashley baseball team played GREAT baseball for 3 days this week, and hope to keep the momentum going next Tuesday, when they host Hoggard in a big conference matchup!!  The Eagles are now 13-5 for the season.