Simply put, Ashley Thompson
of Connell (Wash.)
is rewriting the softball record book for the state of Washington.
Already the holder of Washington's record for home runs in a single season (23 in 2012) and a career (46), and RBIs (210), Thompson has thrown six-straight no-hitters and has seven for the season, both believed to be new state marks.
According to the National High School Sports Federation, Thompson's six-straight no-hitters rank third all-time. Former UCLA standout Anjelica Selden holds the record with 10 straight during her senior season in 2004 at Vanden (Travis Air Force, Calif.).
As a result, Connell is off to a 13-0 start and ranked nationally for the first time in the school's history. Thompson has allowed just eight hits and has struck out 172 batters in 70 innings pitched.
Thompson, a senior, threw a pair of no-hitters on Saturday in 17-0 and 11-0 over wins over Kiona Benton. Thompson pitched her fourth perfect game of the season in the opener, then walked one batter in her game two no-hitter.
Thompson, who has homered in four-straight games, had a pair of homers and nine RBIs in the sweep of Kiona Benton.
With Thompson in the circle, Connell has won the last two Washington 2A state titles after finishing third in 2010.
Thompson, who has signed with BYU, has led Connell to 2013 wins over Washington powers Kamiakin, Walla Walla, Kennewick and Hanford. She struck out 18 each against 3A State Champion Kamiakin and in a perfect six-inning game against Hanford.
For the season, Thompson is hitting .710 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. For her career, she has 46 home runs, 210 RBIs and a .615 batting average.
With 944 career strikeouts, she is closing in on the state's career strikeout mark of 1,046. She has a won-loss record of 72-6.
Connell plays unbeaten Warden on Saturday. Warden collected 29 base hits in a double header sweep over Columbia (Burbank, WA).