A softball team's success usually lies with the starting pitcher, and Westminster is no different.

The Owls will likely go as Emily Maseth goes, and the senior is off to a sizzling start. The Times Athlete of the Week used her powerful right arm to lead Westminster past Winters Mill 10-0 in five innings Wednesday.

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Maseth struck out 10 batters and allowed three hits in the victory.

And she used her hitting skills as well — Maseth smacked a pair of doubles and a three-run home run, finishing with six RBIs.

"It's really nice to have a good start to the season," she said. "It really boosts our confidence. It really sets the tone for the season."

Maseth praised Westminster's offense for helping her be able to relax and focus on pitch selection and location, two important facets of her game when she's in the circle.

"I get very excited but I also have to calm myself down, because if my emotions get to me I'm everywhere," Maseth said. "it's nice to be able to settle down like that. I thanks my offense for getting the job done out there."

The West Chester University commit is batting .778 with three doubles, the homer, and the six RBIs in Westminster's first three games. Maseth is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18 innings.

She totaled 15 of those strikeouts last Thursday in an 8-1 victory over Dulaney.

Maseth is a two-time Times all-county first-team selection.

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