Greenville Lady Wave doubles up on West-Milton

It’s April and we’ll keep grinding the next six weeks and get much better ... Coach Jerrod Newland

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Zoey Burns tossed 12 strikeouts in Lady Wave win over West-Milton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave defeated the visiting Milton-Union Lady Bulldogs 4-2 in game 2 Saturday at Stebbins Field, home of LWSB.

“Great day for Lady Wave Softball,” said Greenville coach Jerrod Newland. “We’re going to get better and we’re a work in progress. “It’s April and we’ll keep grinding the next six weeks and get much better. Good day for us and fun stuff.”

Kylar Arnett leads off the bottom of the first with a Greenville double in Lady Wave non-conference win over Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Greenville varsity girls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and riding the arm of Zoey Burns in earning a complete game win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Burns set the Lady Bulldogs down in order at the top of the first beginning with a strikeout looking.

Kylar Arnett led off the bottom of the first with a double to right. Ella McLear coaxed a second-out walk, Kendall Cromwell drove a 2-run single to center and Addie Burke knocked an RBI single to left giving the Lady Wave an early 3-0 lead.

Milton-Union took advantage of a second-inning Greenville error to plate a run and a 3-1 score.

Mahayla Cook drills a third inning leadoff double to left for Lady Wave in win over Milton-Union Bulldogs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville added a third-inning run with a Mahayla Cook leadoff double to left. A McLear sacrifice bunt moved Cook to third setting up the Lady Wave’s fourth run of the game with Cook scoring on a Cromwell groundout to short and a 4-1 advantage.

Addie Burke collects an RBI single in Lady Wave win over Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Milton-Union led off the top of the sixth with 3 consecutive singles loading the bases with no outs putting Greenville’s lead in jeopardy. Burns quickly snuffed out the threat striking out the next three Lady Bulldogs all going down swinging.

“We pitched and played some defense,” Newland stated. “They made the plays and just a good ball game.”

Kendall Cromwell works behind the plate for the Lady Wave in win over Lady Bulldogs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Bulldogs made it interesting in the top of the seventh getting an inning-opening walk only to hit into an Arnett to Burke double play and 2 outs and no base runners.

Milton battled back with a double, a single, a walk loading the bases, and bases loaded walk scoring a run to make it 4-2 and the tying run at second. Burns once again stepped up and got a strikeout swinging to give the Lady Wave a 9-4 season record.

Savannah Leach knocks a hit for Greenville in Lady Wave non-conference win over Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“They were beating the door down the third and fourth time through, really trying hard,” Newland said.  “We had a couple of chances, we just couldn’t clutch up.”

Burns went the distance to earn the win allowing 1 earned run on 8 hits, 5 walks while striking out 12 batters.

Both Burke and Arnett went 2-3 with a double each, Burke an RBI, and Arnett a run scored. Cromwell went 1-3 with 3 RBIs; Cook 1-3, a double and a run; Savannah Leach 1-2 with a walk; Skylar Bryson and McLear each a run scored.

BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R   H   E

010 000 1   2   8   1   Milton-Union

301 000 X   4   7   1   Greenville