North Pocono diamond star will continue her academic and athletic career at Concordia
North Pocono softball has evolved into one of the area's top programs over the past few years, both as a bona fide title contender and a producer of college-ready talent.
Just recently, Lady Trojan first baseman Ashdon Clark signed on to spend her collegiate career playing for NCAA Division II Concordia College in Bronxville, NY.
The North senior joins a growing list of Lackawanna League alumnae on the roster for the Lady Clippers.
“Everyone made me feel so welcome when I visited,” Clark said. “Basically everyone acted like a big family.”
Perhaps one of the reasons for that is that so many of the players, hail from NEPA. While they may not all have been competitors against each other on the high school diamond, they certainly share common ties.
Already in uniform for Concordia are sophomores Samantha Krisa from Mountain View and Mackenna Powell of Delaware Valley.
Also on hand are Carbondale Area’s Audrey Gardas and Tori Tansley of Old Forge, both juniors; along with Dunmore grad and senior Sarah Ross.
“Concordia is a small school where everyone knows each other and everyone helps each other out,” Clark noted.
By the Numbers
Lady Trojans Head Coach Mike Lafave has often remarked about Ashdon’s ability to play any position.
As a freshman her stats at the plate were comparable to most plebes, five hits, four runs, and a double for a .179 average.
Considering she was also in the circle and dished out 15Ks and posted a 3-2 record, batting may not have been a priority for the once-pitcher.
She still saw some time hurling the ball as a sophomore but started to emerge as an offensive threat.
Largely playing third base for much of the time, Ashdon posted a .268 average with eleven hits, nine runs, and 10 RBIs.
Included in that tally were three doubles, a triple and home run.
As a junior, Clark exploded in the batter’s box. Having moved to first base, she knocked in 24 runs and scored 18 times.
Seven of the times she crossed the plate are attributed to home runs.
Also among her 25 hits were five doubles and a triple, for an ending average of .543.
Undoubtedly, Ashdon’s contributions helped move the Lady Trojans record to the positive side and furthermore kept them there.
During her freshman year, NP went 6-7 in league play. The next season they posted a 10-3 tally and won the division.
Although they slipped to 8-5 last spring, the team stayed in the hunt and found itself involved several wild, high-scoring contests.
Senior-laden the past two years, she sees her role expanding somewhat from that of an on-field leader to that of a mentor as well as she embarks on her final season.
“There’s just two seniors this year,” Clark said. “We have a lot of hard working younger players and we’re hoping to help develop them for the future.”
Like many other players, Ashdon spends time in another softball uniform when not on the field for the Lady Trojans.
She also plays for the Impact Panthers travel team and also assists with their 10-U and 12-U teams.
“Travel is serious but a lot of fun too,” she said.
“There’s girls on my team from Scranton, Abington Heights, Scranton Prep, Lackawanna Trail, Honesdale, and West Scranton along with (North Pocono teammates) Dayle Smith and Carissa Giordano.
“It’s like a big family.”
Clark has also been active in extra-curricular organizations such as SADD and MiniTHON and is a member of the National Honor Society.
At Concordia she plans to major in Childhood and Special Education.