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Ashley McDowell named SLC Hitter of the Week

Ashley McDowell named SLC Hitter of the Week

rp_primary_170210_Ashley_McDowell_2BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University senior left fielder Ashley McDowell was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week the SLC office announced Tuesday.

McDowell hit .625 over five games at the Wooo Pig Classic hosted by the University of Arkansas over the weekend. McDowell was 10-of-16 with three RBIs, two doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 runs scored. She had a slugging percentage of 1.188 and an on-base percentage of .632. McDowell had at least one hit in every game and had four multi-hit games at the tournament. The Cardinals went 2-3 on the weekend, defeating IUPUI, splitting with Nebraska and dropping two games to Arkansas.

“Ashley had a great week,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “To do it against the caliber of teams we faced makes it even more impressive.”

It was a record-setting weekend for McDowell, who set LU career marks with 20 home runs, 33 doubles and 268 total bases. Her three RBIs gave her 93 for her career, one shy of Jenna Holland‘s school record of 94.

McDowell looks to continue her hot hitting this weekend when the Cardinals (7-13) host Northwestern State in a three-game Southland Conference series. LU and the Lady Demons will play a single game Friday and a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ashley is an alumni of Vision Fastpitch playing for coaches Martin & Kim Poole.  Stay tuned for all of the latest softball news.

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Mansfield senior’s springtime dingers come from winter training

Mansfield senior’s springtime dingers come from winter training

Rasheda Townsend is already building strength for the spring.The basketball season is just now headed into district, but Mansfield’s softball players are already preparing for a return to the diamond.

What they’re working on now has to do with physics.

Returning third baseman Rasheda Townsend knows one of the simplest tricks to enhance her hitting.

“The stronger you are, the farther the ball goes,” Townsend said.

So, you’ll find Townsend in the weight room, a home-away-from-home during the offseason.

To complement the lifting, Townsend and her teammates find time to work on the other side of that equation.

Hitting is another essential for Townsend. She said she hits a lot.

“I put in a lot of work on my hitting,” she said. “When the season ended last year, I went with my travel team and have been focusing a lot on my hitting, because hitting wins games.”

Townsend explained that with all the extra select league work, most players get the work they need on fielding and defense. It’s not an aspect which is as big of a struggle since they’ve been doing it all summer long, she said.

She played with the local Firecrackers select team, which had a solid season and went to New York to compete.

Fielding is already “solid,” Townsend said, enough that she can turn her focus to hitting.

The regimen for the Lady Tigers is paying off, too.

Before the strength and conditioning program implemented by coach Shane Trotter, Mansfield had typically hit 20-plus home runs during the season.

After Trotter’s plan was implemented before last season, Mansfield players hit more than 20 home runs before district got underway.

“He makes workouts for the team for strengthening the shoulder, too,” Townsend said, noting that fatigued arms were a rarity last year. “It’s definitely had an impact on how our bodies deal with it.”

While Townsend pleaded ignorance as to her batting average last season, she does collect her home run balls and keeps them in a bucket at home.

“I don’t know how many there are, but there are a few that I remember some specifics about them,” Townsend said of her dinger collection.

Townsend has already committed to play at Prairie View A&M next year and is glad that decision is off her shoulders for her senior year.

That campaign won’t officially start until practices begin Jan. 23, with the first scrimmage just a week later. The first game of the season will have Townsend and the Lady Tigers taking on Birdville, a team Mansfield defeated in last year’s playoffs en route to a third-round appearance after finishing as district champions.

Until then the workouts continue, with Townsend saying she doesn’t really take any time off throughout the year.

“When you love the game, you don’t like taking breaks. I enjoy playing softball. As long as you take care of your body, I can do it without breaks,” she said.

Townsend said she’s ready for the practices to roll around and to pick up where the team left off. She said the team is expected to skip some of the elementary steps and jump into team defensive drills.

And they’ll see what impact the weight-lifting can bring. Townsend may have to buy some bigger buckets this season.

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