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|Searing to compete in VHSCA softball contest|
Ashley Searing, who will compete in this week’s East-West All-Star softball game, is a two-time All-Northwest Region performer at shortstop. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Monday, July 9, 2012
By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor
NEWPORT NEWS -- Franklin County graduate Ashley Searing will complete her high school softball career this week when she takes the field for the West All-Stars in the annual Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) East-West All-Star softball game.
The contest is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christopher Newport University (CNU).
The week begins with tonight's girls' and boys' basketball all-star games at the Freeman Center on CNU's campus at 6 and 8:30.
Play resumes Wednesday with girls' and boys' soccer at CNU at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and baseball at War Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball follows softball on Thursday with the all-star match set for 2:30 p.m. at the Freeman Center.
Football brings the week to its conclusion on Friday. Kickoff at Darling Stadium in Hampton is 7:30 p.m.
Student-athletes from FCHS have competed in all of the all-star games except for boys' soccer.
Searing is the 12th FCHS player to compete in the softball contest. Included in that group are Searing's older sister, Jessica, and two former NCAA Division I players: Amy Betterton (Longwood University) and Jenny Law (Liberty University).
Searing is the first FCHS player to play in the softball game since Law did so following her senior prep campaign in 2008.
During her senior year, Searing, a shortstop and a three-year varsity performer, finished third on the team in batting with a .413 average.
Searing led the Eagles in triples with three and was tied for the team lead in home runs with Mackenzie Chitwood and Brittany Flora each with four. She ranked third in hits with 33 and drove in 14 runs.
A .963 fielding percentage included 36 putouts, 68 assists and four errors committed.
Searing is a three-time All-Western Valley District honoree and a two-time All-Northwest Region performer.
Searing finished her high school career with 76 hits.