Ambler named to MaxPreps All-American team

Wa-Hi softball player Alyson Ambler is named to the team for her 2011 first-base play for the Blue Devils.

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Wa-Hi pitcher Alyson Ambler delivers a strike under pressure during the Class 4A state championship game against Marysville-Pilchuck Saturday in Spokane. Ambler delivered the final strike with runners in scoring positions and belted a home run for the only score of the game as Wa-Hi won, 1-0.

WALLA WALLA - Summer's in full swing but awards keep pouring in for Wa-Hi softball player Alyson Ambler.

Ambler was selected a MaxPreps Underclass All-American first baseman earlier this month, joining top upcoming seniors from across the country for her play with the state-champion 2011 Blue Devils.

"It's cool," Ambler said of the award. "My dad was looking stuff up online and he found this list that popped up with my name on it. We didn't even know about it."

MaxPreps is a prep high school sports website. It compiled All-American lists for 2011 juniors, sophomores and freshmen.

Meanwhile, the summer is winding down with the American Pastime Gold 18U, Ambler's club team in Orange County, Calif.

"It's good," Ambler said of the summer season, while her team was traveling to San Diego. "We've already played 30 games and bracket play started (Wednesday) for Nationals. We'll go from there."

The team finished in a four-way tie for fifth out of 128 teams in last week's Champions Cup in Irvine, Calif.

"That was pretty good," she said of the finish.

And summer is - alas - winding down.

"This is the last little bit of it," she said of the upcoming games. "It's exciting but it's also kind of sad because I love playing down here."

The team will be off for a few weeks before fall and winter ball begins.

"I'll have a couple weeks of break and go right back at it," Ambler said.

Ambler was 4A Columbia Basin Big Nine MVP and Washington Gatorade Player of the Year.

This is another distinction to add to the growing list.

She batted .506 with nine home runs, 36 runs scored and 34 RBI. From the circle, Ambler went 15-0 and had a .57 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 98 innings.

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