SSZ Profile: Ashley Ventura

St. John Vianney’s hurler has thrived after shifting from first base to pitcher in her junior season

St. John Vianney was supposed to have Notre Dame softball signee Katie Beriont for the 2014 season to lead the way for a Lancers team that was 29-2 and the Non-Public “A” state champs.  But Beriont, suffered a torn ACL during basketball season, ending her high school career on the mound.   A loss of that caliber, especially at the pitching spot, can send a team into a tailspin.

But junior Ashley Ventura made the move from first base to the hill and has been tremendous for the Lancers.  She has eye-popping stats through the first 25 games of the 2014 season.  24-1, seven no hitters and just 8 earned runs surrendered in in 157 innings to go along with 200 strikeouts.  Ventura is also doing major damage at the plate with a .381 batting average with three homers and 28 RBI’s.

St. John Vianney takes on Immaculata on Tuesday at 4pm at Brick Memorial High School for the Non-Public “A” South title.