Royer named National Player of the Week

By on March 8, 2017

 

Warwick grad Ashley Royer, a sophomore at Wesley College, is currently batting .714 (20-for-28) with a team-high 18 RBI in eight games for the Wolverines softball team. (Photo courtesy of Wesley College Athletics)

Warwick grad Ashley Royer, a sophomore at Wesley College, is currently batting .714 (20-for-28) with a team-high 18 RBI in eight games for the Wolverines softball team. (Photo courtesy of Wesley College Athletics)

Ashley Royer is already setting a good pace with the Wesley College softball team this spring.

Through eight games, the 2015 Warwick grad, a Wolverines sophomore, has 18 RBI.

That’s already more than half of her total from a year ago, when she drove in 26 runs.

“I think I’m seeing (the ball) pretty well,” Royer said in a telephone interview from South Carolina, where Wesley is competing in the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic. “Here at spring break, I’m still continuing that. I’m really hitting the ball well.”

No argument there.

Just take a look at her stats from the past week.

While batting a sizzling 10-for-13 (.769), Royer connected for three doubles, two triples, a home run and 13 RBI. She worked one walk, had no strikeouts and posted a 1.538 slugging percentage.

It all earned Royer the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division-III National Player of the Week honors &tstr; a first-ever for the Wesley College (Dover, Del.) softball program.

“Pretty exciting,” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting that. I figured I might get the CAC (Capital Athletic Conference) Player of the Week, but I would never think I’d get the National Player of the Week. That’s the first time in Wesley history that’s ever happened, so I’m pretty excited about that.”

Royer is certainly a huge reason behind the early success of the Wolverines, who started the season 6-0 before suffering their first two losses on Tuesday in North Myrtle Beach &tstr; a 4-3 setback to King’s (PA) and a 12-9 defeat to Cedar Crest.

“We’re doing pretty well … Better than last year,” Royer said. “Definitely (high hopes), for sure.”

In her four-year career at Warwick, Royer batted .386 with 38 extra-base hits, including nine home runs, and 55 RBI.

“I definitely have pop on the ball, but I’m a pretty consistent hitter,” she said.

The transition to playing in college has obviously been a smooth one. Batting third in the order for Wesley, the biggest difference Royer has noticed is the amount of movement and spin on the pitches.

“It’s going pretty good,” Royer said of her adjustment to college ball. “I think I’m getting better each year. I’m working out in the weight room, I’m taking time practicing in the off-season just trying to get myself better.”

She is part of a potent Wesley offensive attack which has scored 73 runs in eight games. In particular, the top four &tstr; consisting of shortstop Samantha Burns, catcher Nina Marcano, Royer, and first baseman Devin Mackay &tstr; are akin to Murderer’s Row, combining to bat .500 (59-for-118) with 34 runs scored and 45 RBI thus far.

“I think the first four players in the lineup are all good hitters,” Royer said.

If it continues, they might just see some more National Player of the Week honors in their future.

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