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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

Rausch the latest Demon to sign for a college

By Hunter Tickel | Nov 21, 2013
Photo by: Hunter Tickel From left, brothers Cale and T.J., Ashley and mother Monique Rausch.

Washington senior softball player Ashley Rausch inked her National Letter of Intent to play at University of Missouri Science & Technology, Wednesday.
“It is definitely relieving, getting the big decision out of the way,” Rausch said. “The school I picked I love. It is everything I wanted. Every school I went to after, I compared it to that.”
Rausch had offers on the table to play at Indian Hills Community College, Drury University, Loras College and DMACC Career Academy.
Rausch will get to play the game she loves for a minimum of four more seasons after this year.
“My whole softball career I have dreamed about playing softball in college,” Rausch said. “Being able to play it for another four years is great.”  
One of the main driving forces was the school’s strong engineering department. Rausch will study mechanical engineering.
“The school is based around engineering,” Rausch said. “All the softball players are based around engineering except two girls. Everyone is in the same boat. They have great facilities. The coach — I love him. I met all of the girls.”
Missouri S&T competes in Division 2. The school will sometimes face Missouri.
“They compete with Missouri in scrimmages,” Rausch said. “Education-wise I think it is about the same level.”
Rausch will compete for a spot on the mound or first or second base, according to Washington coach Angie Shrader.
As a junior she went 17-11 with an earned run average of 2.42. She hit at a 0.413 clip with 49 RBIs.
She said she hopes to have an enjoyable final prep year before moving on to the next level.
“I’m expecting it to be a great season,” Rausch said. “Win or lose, it is still going to be fun hanging out with friends. It’s special.”
Rausch is the ninth Washington player to commit to a college during Shrader’s tenure.
“The past few years we have had people sign for college teams,” Shrader said. “It’s something the kids are used to seeing. ‘Hey, there is a senior signing to go play college softball; I want to do that.’”

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