Greenville surges ahead in doubleheader

By Ryan Carpe rcarpe@civitasmedia.com

April 7, 2014

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Lady Wave pulled off two back-to-back wins on Saturday, signalling a strong start early in their season.

“Here at the end of the week, our bats really came alive,” Greenville softball coach Jerrod Newland said. “We’re working at it. That’s what the kids are doing, taking the next step.”

Greenville began the game with Ally Russell throwing three strikeouts off the top against Triad, then scoring two runs at its first at bat.

Allision Minnich singled then Jazzlyn Petry’s next hit capitalized on a misthrow at first, turning a single into two bases. Haleigh Luce then singled, and another misthrow at first allowed Minnich and courtesy runner Sara Strait to score, making it 2-0.

In the bottom of the second, Makayla Hanes led off with an inside-the-park home run.

Brionna Greer singled then Russell sent her home with another hit. From there, Russell’s courtesy runner capitalized on another single from Minnich and scored again, making it 5-0 in just two innings of play.

“Hitting’s contagious. And those first two innings we put the ball into play by hitting sharply and aggressively,” Newland said. “We got a couple, and it just snowballed.”

Russell struck out the next three batters, but Greenville stalled out in the third without scoring.

In the bottom of the fourth, a single from Karlee Lennen, a bunt from Greer and an error from Triad put runners on second and third base with no outs.

Russell then doubled, sending both runners in and making it 7-0 Greenville.

From there Greenville put up another double and triple, sending in two more runs and threatening the run rule.

But later, a quick snag from Triad’s pitcher put a stop to Greenville’s advance, which stranded a runner on third.

Later in the sixth inning, Triad mounted its best offense to score two runs, but it wasn’t enough.

Greenville held Triad to two, making the final score 9-2 and marking the Lady Wave’s second win of the day in a doubleheader.

Minnich led the day with four hits and three RBIs against Triad.

Earlier on Saturday, Greenville beat Springfield High School 9-3.

Now the Green Wave heads into their conference season as they hope to retain their title for 2014.

“We start the GWOC season Monday. It’s great, because every time we huddle, it’s ‘1-2-3 GWOC champs!’” Newland said. “Come Monday we start competing for the GWOC title. We can’t wait.”

The Greenville softball team is now 4-1 on the season, with its only loss to Lebanon earlier in the week.