Greenville Lady Wave big winners over Piqua

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PIQUA – The Greenville Lady Wave followed up a 10-0 Wednesday run-rule win over the Piqua Lady Indians with an 11-2 Friday Miami Valley League victory on the Lady Indians home diamond. Both teams came into the night with identical 9-1 conference records.

“Great day for Lady Wave softball,” said Greenville coach Jerrod Newland. “Get a chance to go on the road over to Piqua and big 9-1 teams playing heads up.”

Greenville got a game-opening Kylar Arnett single to center and went on to score 4 runs with two outs on the board with an Ella McLear single, an RBI single off the batt of Mahayla Cook, a run-scoring Kendall Cromwell single, and closed out the inning with an RBI Savannah Leach single and Cook racing home with the fourth run of the inning on the Piqua throw to second.

“In the first inning again we strike with two outs,” Newland noted. “Cook knocks two in with a big hit down the left field line and right after Ella McLear steps up and knocks one in and Kendall does the same.”

The Lady Indians went quietly in the bottom of the inning with Zoey Burns doing the duties on the mound for the Lady Wave.

A leadoff Haleigh McDermott double to open the top of the second, a Piqua error and an RBI Burns single made it a 5-0 score. Burke’s sacrifice fly plated a run followed by a McLear RBI single gave the visiting Lady Wave an early 7-0 advantage.

“When you get off the bus and score a few runs it’s really nice,” Newland said. “We get up early and all three kids pitched so got some innings and reps there.”

Burns kept the Lady Indians off the board in the bottom of the second bringing Greenville to the plate in the top of the third where McDermitt and Arnett singles set up a 2-run Burns single upping the Lady Wave lead to 9-0.

New Lady Wave pitcher, Morgan Thompson was greeted with three straight singles loading the bases with no outs. Thompson settled in with a strikeout setting up a double play to keep Piqua off the board and 9-0 Greenville lead after three complete.

LWSB freshman Liz Shaffer took the mound in the bottom of the fifth a quickly struck out the first two Piqua batters before an error allowed an unearned run and a 9-1 score.

A Cook single to left and a Thompson RBI single to center gave the Lady Wave a 10-1 lead after six innings and took an 11-1 lead with a Burns single and a Piqua error plating a run.

The Lady Indians tacked on a single run in the bottom of the seventh giving the Lady Wave an impressive 11-2 conference win.

“Nineteen hits is crazy, 20 some bases we got and no strikeouts, that’s 21 outs with no strikeouts,” Coach Newland stated. “That’s huge. That’s what I like so when you play good games and you put the ball in play.”

Happy for the opportunity there putting Piqua behind us and moving on to Saturday    down at Ross playing Miami East and Hamilton Ross, two good programs and two great teams   neat thing Saturday, seniors get a chance for their 100 th win today  they’re 99-17 rolling into Saturday.

Burns picked up the win going the first 2-innings of shutout ball allowing 2 hits, no walks and a strikeout. Thompson pitched 2 scoreless innings with 3 hits and 2 strikeouts. Shaffer went the final 3 innings allowing I earned run on 3 hits, 1 walk while striking out 4 batters.

Burns went 3-5 with 3 RBIs; Arnett 3-5 with a double and 2 runs; Cook 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 run; McLear 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 run; McDermitt 2-4 including a double, 2 runs; Leach 2-4, 2 RBIs; Burke 1-4, 2 RBIs, 1 run; Thompson 1-1, 1 RBI; Cromwell 1-4, 1 RBI; Clair Royer 1 run; Kara Blumenstock 1 run; Carlee Yundt 1 run.

“Happy for the opportunity there putting Piqua behind us and moving on to Saturday down at Ross playing Miami East and Hamilton Ross,” said Newland. “Two good programs and two great teams. Neat thing Saturday – seniors get a chance for their 100th win. They’re 99-17 rolling into Saturday.”


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