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Ashby Game to be played at PNC Field

Pittston Area hosts Wyoming Area tomorrow at 4:15 p.m.

The 14th Annual Andy Ashby Game, featuring the Pittston Area and Wyoming Area varsity baseball teams, will be played Monday at 4:15 p.m., at PNC Field in Moosic, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Ashby will be on hand to present the MVP Trophy to the outstanding player of the game.

The Warriors lead the series, 7-6, after winning last season’s game, 11-0. WA pitcher Anthony Bellino was named the Ashby MVP.

The series began in 1998. The game is named for former Major League pitcher and Pittston resident, Andy Ashby, who sponsors an MVP trophy.

Former Wyoming Area baseball coach Ron Musto said the idea to attach an MVP trophy to the PA-WA baseball game came to him in the fall of 1997 as he watched the Falcone Trophy MVP be presented at the PA-WA football game.

When the idea for a baseball game MVP trophy was floated, Ashby, then a pitcher with the San Diego Padres, came forward to sponsor it.

Ashby pitched in 16 Major League Seasons for four different teams. His best season was 1998, the year he started the Ashby Trophy, when he was 17-9 with a 3.33 ERA with the Padres. He walked 58 and struck out 157 in 226 innings. He started two games in the National League Championship Series and pitched well, allowing just three runs in 13 innings, through he did not get decisions in either game. He was the starter and loser in one game against the New York Yankees in the World Series that season.

For his career Ashby was 98-110 with a 4.12 ERA.

Previous Ashby Trophy winners

Year…Name, School

1998…Shane Beatty, WA

1999…George LoPresto, PA

2000…Mike Gerney, WA

2001…Blake Barbini, PA

2002…Rich Overman, WA

2003…Rob Licata, WA

2004…Ryan Overman, WA

2005…Joe Hines, PA

2006…Kyle Shymanski, WA

2007…George Dructor, PA

2008…Kevin Daley, PA

2009…Joe Dorbad, PA

2010…Anthony Bellino, WA

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