April 20, 2017 - Oak Harbor Pitcher Ashley Riley

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OAK HARBOR, Ohio (WTVG) - Ashley Riley is Oak Harbor's ace in the circle.

This should come as no surprise after receiving second team all-state honors as a sophomore.

As a junior, Riley raced out to a 10-0 start with more than 100 strikeouts.

"I'd try to get in the gym as much as I could (during the winter) because I was still in basketball," Riley said. "I would go in and pitch with my pitching coaches and they would really push me to be a better athlete."

Expectations are high this season for the junior.

"With her performance last year, people expected this to up her game," Oak Harbor head coach Chris Rawski said. "She's really done that even beyond what most people thought."

There's the individual work and also the help Riley receives behind the plate from a first-team all state catcher. But the battery mate makes it sound so simple.

"It's just so easy with her," Oak Harbor catcher Madison Rathbun said. "She throws it near the plate. I catch it near the plate. The umpires call the strikes. It works pretty good."

Pitching is nothing new to Riley as she started at a young age.

"I kind of took it over from my dad because he was a pitcher in baseball," Riley said.

Riley is the second best hitter for the Rockets so far this season. Pitching though, is still her favorite on the field.

"I've never had the privilege of batting against her but I don't know if I'd want it," Rathbun said. "I don't know if anyone would want to go against her. I mean, I don't. I'm glad she's on my team."