By Gaylen Blosser
April 3, 2014
GREENVILLE – The Greenville varsity softball team wasted no time getting back on the winning track after a 4-1 road loss to Lebanon with a 10-0 run rule win over the West Carrollton Pirates Wednesday at Stebbins Field.
“You come out and play a decent game, a decent team,” Greenville varsity coach Jerrod Newland said. “It took us a while to get going today. They had some decent pitching out here. Eventually we hit the ball a little sharper and put the ball in play. Good things happened.”
On the mound for the Lady Wave, Ally Russell faced the minimum six batters through the first two innings including three strikeouts.
A first inning double off the bat of Greenville’s Ashton Kester was the lone hit for the Wave through two complete with the score standing at 0-0.
West Carrollton managed a bunt single in the top of the third inning but a failed attempted Pirates steal of second had Russell facing the minimum nine batters through three innings as the Lady Wave’s defense performed flawlessly.
Greenville loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the third with back-to-back walks and Jazzlyn Petry with a hit batsman.
Senior Haleigh Luce drove a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Lady Wave a 1-0 lead with three innings in the book.
“We got our first run on a Luce sacrifice fly,” Newland said. “On the day Haleigh Luce had three RBIs.”
A popup and a ground out to Wave second baseman Brionna Greer, a Pirates’ walk and a grounder back to Russell on the mound had the Green Wave holding a slim 1-0 lead with the Greenville coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The fourth inning proved to the big inning for the Lady Wave, sending 12 hitters to the plate while taking a commanding 9-0 lead.
Karlee Lennen opened the inning with a leadoff triple in the gap between left and center, followed with a groundout to third with Lennen holding at third.
Wave freshman catcher Alli Hill reached base, sending Lennen home for a 2-0 Lady Wave advantage.
“Freshman Alli Hill had three RBIs and two hits,” Newland said, “which was pretty neat out of our freshman with her two first career varsity hits.”
Greer laid down a sacrifice bunt for out No. 2, sending Hill to second and opening the floodgates as Greenville would plate seven more fourth-inning runs before the Pirates would get out No. 3.
A single to center by Russell produced an RBI, back-to-back walks loaded the bases, a Luce single plated two runs, a Pirates error on a Lennen smash to short accounted for two runs and put runners on second and third followed with a walk to Makayla Hanes filling the bases and setting the stage for a single up the middle off the bat of Hill for a 9-0 Wave lead.
With a change on the mound, sophomore Allison Minnich handled the pitching duties for the Wave the remainder of the game, setting the Pirates down in order in the top of the fifth with a groundout to second and back-to-back strikeouts.
“Minnich is going to be a stud on the mound,” Newland said. “She is a sophomore … going to be good, and Russell is a good kid. They are going to be a great one-two. They are going to get a lot of work this year. Tomorrow Minnich starts the game.”
A Carrollton pitching change had Greenville with its first two fifth inning runners on base with an error and hit batsman followed with the next three batters going down in order.
West Carrollton went quietly in the top of the sixth, opening with a strikeout, a ground out to short, a single and a Minnich strikeout to keep the Wave shutout in tact.
“What was neat today, we had seven freshmen and sophomores (combined) out there on the field today,” Newland said.
Twelve of Greenville’s top 18 players are freshmen and sophomores.
The Lady Wave sixth inning opened with a groundout to short, a walk to Hanes, a groundout to shortstop and a wild pitch sending Hanes to third with two outs, bringing Greer to the plate and giving Greenville a run rule 10-0 win with a solid single to center.
“We are ready to roll. We are just going to get better each week,” Newland said. “It’s finally April so I can say we are going to get better in April and May, and we’ll see you in June in Akron.”