Former Crowder pitcher Ashby shines for Milwaukee Brewers

After a shaky start to his major league career, Aaron Ashby is on a roll.

NEOSHO, Mo – Aaron Ashby’s first career start for the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t go as planned back in June.

Ashby recorded just two outs in the first inning, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) and walking three batters before exiting the game.

“I joked with him when I talked to him after that game. I told him he was right on track,” says Crowder head baseball coach Travis Lallemand with a laugh, “His first college outing for us against Labette in 2017, he only made it two-thirds of an inning and gave up 9 walks and 6 runs. I remember when he walked off the mound…I told him I think we’re going be laughing about this in May. I told him he was right on track after that first start…because after that he went on to throw 9 innings and 95 pitches to beat Seminole later that year to send us to the NJCAA World Series – and then became an All-American and led the nation in strikeouts the next season.”

Sunday night, Ashby recorded two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Brewers in the team’s win over the Nationals.

It was his third appearance since since his first outing. In those three appearances since, the former All-American has thrown 8 shutout innings, allowing just 7 total hits with 9 strikeouts.

“I’ve been glued to what he’s doing. Once he gets confidence, it’s over. It’s over,” Lallemand laughs again, “I’m so proud of him, how quickly he navigated through pro ball and how he handled himself after that first start. How you handle failure is the biggest key to success. It’s awesome to see him go out there and get the chance to rectify the early mistakes. He has overwhelming stuff – and he’s in a role now where he’s on a team that’s going to make the playoffs. I can’t imagine him not being on the postseason roster for them the way he’s throwing.”