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Athlete of the Week: Ashton Holt
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The Dodge County Indians are in the elite eight and trying to win a state softball title. All of the kids are talented, but they've leaned on the powers of their pitcher for success.

Ashton Holt is our High School Athlete of the Week.

Before the Dodge County Indians hit the field, they get a pep talk from their head coach Tommy Adcock. "Stay focused and get three outs," he encouraged.

The Indians rely on pitcher Ashton Holt to get the majority of those outs. Going into the Sweet Sixteen game against Appling County, the junior had racked up 257 strikeouts this season.
Her pitching philosophy is simple.  "Definitely get ahead with the first pitch, throw strikes and keep the lead-off batter off base," Holt said.

Other teams have trouble keeping Holt off base. This season, the kid broke the record for doubles, which is why Appling opted to walk her during her first at bat. "Last year, I was one double away from breaking it, and this year, I have 25 doubles and the state record was 21," Ashton said.

Her coach is in awe of her talent and has a hard time deciding if her pitching or her hitting is more of a weapon for the Indians.
"I think defense wins championships, so I'd have to say knowing she's going to keep us in the game all of them she's gotten every win we've gotten," Adcock said.

Holt is a home run hitter in the classroom, too. She carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average and her principal says she's ranked at the top of her class. "I'm in the accelerated math program and math is my strongest, definitely," Holt said.

With her diamond skills and her classroom smarts, colleges have started to take notice. But Ashton thinks she may want to continue to wear the orange down the road.

"I took a tour at Mercer and I really like the school, and hopefully I'll be playing there in two years," Holt said.

"I think if she's patient she's going to pick the school of her choice. I really do," Adcock chimed in.

The kid wants to major in engineering but in the meantime she makes it her business to engineer wins on the field.

"When the going gets tough she steps it up a notch she's a quiet leader and she leads it on the field," Adcock bragged.

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