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UHV second baseman comes long way from days at C.C. Carroll

By jhornberg
April 14, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.

ABOVE: UHV's Ashley Winegeart makes the out at first while Northwood University's Christine Blankenship slides to the bag during a game at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.

Ashley Winegeart remembers her days playing softball at Corpus Christi Carroll and misses them.

After all, it was also a chance to spend quality time with her father, Leslie, who coached the team at Carroll for several years.

"We saw eye to eye on everything, and it's something that I miss," said the junior second baseman for UHV. "He kept me confident in everything I did."

For the first time this season, Winegeart's mother and father were in the crowd Sunday to watch their daughter play in Jaguars' games, which included two come-from-behind wins over Northwood 10-4 and 13-5 on Sunday.

It was a rare moment for the Winegearts, who rarely have a chance to see their daughter play.

"He's still coaching at high school, and our schedules differ," Winegeart said. "When they have practice, we have games."

The wins were UHV's ninth and 10th in a row, moving the Jaguars to 21-17 overall this season. The second win was also coach Keri Lambeth's 200th in her college coaching career.

Unfortunately, it wasn't a banner day at the plate for the second baseman. She was 0 for 4 in both games despite stinging two pitches for loud outs in the second game.

She more than made up for it with stellar defense in the field.

"I've always played in the middle infield," Winegeart said. "It's something I've done every year that I've played."

Winegeart holds a special place in Lambeth's heart. She was her first freshman recruit for the Jaguars in 2009 and has flourished with the team.

"I knew of the travel team she played for, and that's how we got hooked up together," Lambeth said. "I knew that if she played for that team, she'd be an awesome player to get, and I was excited that she chose to come here."

Now, three years in, the second baseman has taken her place as a team leader and a regular in the lineup. She still remembers that day as a high point in her softball career.

"It was something I was - something I had wanted for my whole softball career was to go somewhere and play," Winegeart said. "Now, I'm getting to live my dream."

Momentum is on UHV's side with the Association of Independent Institutions tournament coming up at the end of the month.

Winegeart noted that the team has come into its own. After losing several key players from last year's team to graduation, it took a little bit for the Jaguars to find their footing.

It's all about picking each other up, Winegeart said.

"Our pitching has really come around, and so has our hitting," she said. "We're hitting a lot better, and we're able to back up our pitchers on the field when they start struggling. When we're struggling at the plate, they are there for us. We're just keeping each other together."



GAME NOTES

• The first five batters in the Jaguars lineup came alive in both games. Ashley Shannon (2 for 3), Brittany Arredondo (4 for 4), Marley Moehrig (2 for 5), Jena West (4 for 4) and Casey Sax (2 for 4) accounted for 14 of the team's 18 hits in the first game and batted in six runs. In the second game, the same five players combined for 12 more hits and batted in eight more runs.

•  Alex Holland pitched all seven innings in Game 1, striking out three and holding Northwood to five hits and four runs, two of which were earned. The Jaguars spotted Northwood a 2-1 lead after two innings before tying it in the third then pounding out six runs in the fourth.

In the second game, Dawn Villegas spotted Northwood a 3-0 first-inning lead, but UHV scored in every inning but the second to win via mercy rule at the end of the sixth inning.• Marley Moehrig had six RBIs combined between both games Sunday, bringing her season total to 58. She is fast approaching Kristen Lindley's team record of 63 in a single season, set in 2008.

•  Northwood is now 19-14 on the season.

GAME 1

UHV 10, Northwood 4

Northwood 020 020 0 - 4 5 0

UHV 011 611 x - 10 18 1

W - Alex Holland, L - Taylor Jones. HIGHLIGHTS: UHV, Ashley Shannon 2-3, 1 R, BB; Brittany Arredondo 4-4, R; Marley Moehrig 2-5, 3 RBIs; Jena West 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Casey Sax, 2-4, R, RBI.

GAME 2

UHV 13, Northwood 5 (6)

Northwood 310 000 - 5 7 4

UHV 202 423 - 13 17 4

W - Dawn Villegas, L - Megan Spence. HIGHLIGHTS: Ashley Shannon 2-3, 3 R, RBI, BB; Brittany Arredondo, 4-4, 3 R, RBI; Marley Moehrig, 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBIs; Jena West 2-4, 2 RBIs; Casey Sax 2-4, RBI, R; Krissa Powell 2-4, RBI.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story had the wrong name for Ashley Winegeart's father. The story has been changed to reflect correct information

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