Ashley Guillette left quite the legacy at Oxford, a program she almost single-handily turned into a state power during her four-year career.
As a freshman in 2012, Guillette led the Wolverines to its first South-West Conference title. A year later, Oxford captured its first state title after edging Terryville 1-0 in the Class S state championship game. Guillette guided the Wolverines to another SWC championship last season.
Guillette, the Register Area MVP, capped her stellar career by pacing Oxford to the NVL and Class M titles this season. It was the first NVL championship in the Wolverines’ first season as members of that league.
Oxford lost just once this season, 1-0 to Seymour on April 17. The Wolverines (26-1) then won 21 straight games to close out the season. Oxford defeated Seymour 1-0 in 14 innings on May 13, and then edged the Wildcats 2-1 in eight innings in the NVL championship game on May 29.
“She has good command of her pitches and a great rise ball,” Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said. “If she gets one strike, she’ll stay with it and throw it higher. Our kids, we preached to them to lay off the high rise ball and, at times, they just couldn’t do it.”
Guillette posses more than natural talent. She’s had a strong work ethic and is a real student of the game.
“She’s a competitor,” Pereiras said. “She throws hard. She knows the game, knows situations.”
Guillette dominated throughout the Wolverines’ run to this year’s state championship. She pitched her a perfect game in a victory over Rocky Hill in the quarterfinals and a no-hitter in a win over Tolland in the semifinals. In the state final, a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten St. Joseph, Guillette allowed three hits, walked one and struck out 10. She also helped her cause by belting a three-run double.
It was during middle school that Guillette began to create buzz.
“We heard there was going to be this stud pitcher from Oxford,” Pereiras said.
It was in the eighth grade when Kaley Kempf moved from third base to catcher, and she’s been Guillette’s batterymate ever since.
“She’s seen a lot of improvement,” said Kempf, who is headed to American International College. “She’s been working really hard since she’s been young, and it really showed. Obviously her speed has risen since we’ve been younger, and her movement on the ball.”
Guillette will continue her career at Coastal Carolina.
“She should be (a good college pitcher),” Pereiras said, “as long as she keeps her head on straight. She has good stuff. She throws hard and has good command of her pitchers. She has a great change up. She has the whole package.”