GREENVILLE — The Greenville softball team won yet another Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title on Monday, beating league rival Piqua 4-2 and notching two great goals for the season.
“It was a great game for the program. The 20th win of the season and we’re GWOC champions for the fifth straight year,” Greenville softball coach Jerrod Newland said. “Those are two of our goals each year, and what an opportunity to have them both in the same day today.”
Greenville is now 9-0 in the league, ensuring the GWOC North championship no matter the outcome of the final few games.
Greenville started Monday’s game off with an early lead with an out of the park home run from Ally Russell, but Piqua matched the Wave’s run after capitalizing on a walk and base hit to even the score, 1-1.
“They’re all one-run games this time of year,” Newland said. “Russell jacks one in the first. But they came back as we dropped the ball a couple times to score.”
Greenville took the lead in the third inning as Russell took base again off a Piqua error then courtesy runner Sara Strait stole second off of a passed ball. Brionna Greer popped out into deep right field, allowing Strait to take third base.
Then Allison Minnich delivered with a deep cut into center field, which allowed Strait to score for Greenville and take the lead 2-1.
In the fourth inning, Piqua’s Kyla Blankenship singled into left field then two batters later made it to third. But with two outs, Russell threw in a strikeout to stop Piqua from advancing.
Greenville left two runners stranded in the next inning with Karlee Lennen and Alli Hill stuck waiting on second and third bases as a strikeout ended the potential drive.
Both teams stalled out in the fifth inning with no runs scored, but the sixth inning was a different story for Greenville.
Haleigh Luce singled off the top, and then Jazzlyn Petry backed her up with another single, allowing Luce to take third.
Two outs later, Hill stepped up for the Wave and delivered a solid base hit, setting up Luce and Petry to get home, making it 4-1.
“That last inning with two on we couldn’t score,” Newland said. “But you know, freshman Alli Hill steps up for the third or fourth time this year and gets a clutch hit to win a ball game. Obviously that was huge because (Piqua) scored in the last inning. That could’ve been a little craziness.”
In the seventh, Piqua kept Greenville in check with a triple from its first batter, eventually sending her in for a run, but it wasn’t enough to seal the game, and the Wave took home another GWOC North championship on Monday.
Now, tournament season is on the horizon, with Greenville being ranked No. 3 in their division behind Licking Valley and LeGrange Keystone.
The state tournament brackets have just been released, and the Wave will face off first against the winner of the Ben Logan and Greenon game on May 13 to play their first sectional game on May 15.