In her prep softball career at Logan High School, Aarron Ward was a dual threat.
She could beat you with her pitching arm and with her bat.
Ward is continuing the trend at the collegiate level as she is off to a good start in her freshman season with the Concord University softball team.
After 18 games, Ward is 4-1 within the pitching circle with a 3.50 ERA, second-best on the team. Ward has pitched 38 innings and has allowed just 19 earned runs with 13 strikeouts and only two issued walks.
Offensively, Ward has also seen action and currently has a .245 batting average with five RBI and three doubles. She is 12-for-49 at the plate and has seen action in 17 games with 16 starts. She is 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Concord most recently went 2-0 last weekend in the Salem (Va.) tourney with losses to Tiffin (8-0) and Indiana of Pennsylvania (8-3). Ward took the loss on the mound against Indiana as she allowed six runs in six innings.
The Mountain Lions (11-7) were scheduled to play at Charleston in their Mountain East Conference opener on Wednesday.
On the Charleston roster are former Chapmanville Regional High School players Jenna and Allison Evans and Lauryn Easterling and ex-Logan Lady Cat Rachelle Toppings.
Toppings is hitting .333 for 11-4 UC so far this season.
Allison Evans is also hitting .333 with one home run and five RBI.
The Evans twins are in their senior season with the Golden Eagles.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).