Thomas boosts Bruins

varsity softball

Her 3-run homer, 3-hit shutout give Broadneck victory

April 10, 2009|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Junior Ashley Thomas has quietly made a major impact on the Broadneck softball team since her freshman season.

Yesterday, with the No. 1 Bruins visiting Anne Arundel rival and two-time defending Class 4A state champion Chesapeake, it was her turn to take center stage. She made the most of the chance.

After hitting a three-run homer in the top of the first inning, Thomas took to the mound and tossed a three-hit shutout, getting plenty of defensive support as the Bruins came away with a well-executed 3-0 win over the No. 3 Cougars.

Broadneck improved to 6-0 overall and in Anne Arundel County play, while the Cougars (7-2) dropped to 6-1 in the league.

This year, the Bruins are rotating mound duties between two-time All-Metro junior pitcher Kourtney Salvarola and Thomas.

"Well, I knew coming in they weren't expecting me [to pitch], so I kind of had to prove myself that I could do it," said Thomas, an All-Metro shortstop last season. "I had butterflies in my stomach. I knew I was coming out to play Chesapeake, [and the home run] kind of let it all loose and [gave me] a little breather."

Salvarola opened the game with a walk against Chesapeake's two-time Player of the Year Lauren Gibson, and Avery Gabbard followed with a slap single up the middle. Gibson went on to retire the next 13 Bruins and yielded just five hits while striking out nine.

Thomas then sent an inside pitch over the left-field fence for the 3-0 lead.

Thomas surrendered one-out doubles to Megan Butzner and Gabrielle Couture in the third and fifth innings. Salvarola, playing shortstop, turned a soft line drive into a double play, and outfielder Lauren Tolliver made four good catches in right.

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