Lady Wave earns 2 come-from-behind non-conference wins

Zoey Burns, Greenville Lady Wave Softball. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

HAMILTON – The Greenville Lady Wave varsity softball team earned two come-from-behind non-conference road wins Saturday winning the opening game with the Miami East Lady Vikings 4-3 and downing host team Hamilton Ross Lady Rams 3-2.

“Great day for Lady Wave Softball,” said Coach Newland. “Wild day of softball – two notch games and atmosphere.”

The day saw several milestones for the Lady Wave Softball program including six Greenville seniors earning their 100th LWSB career varsity win in the opening game and veteran Hall of Fame Coach Jerrod Newland recording his 550th career LWSB win in game two.

LWSB coach Jerrod Newland gets 550th career varsity win at helm of Lady Wave Softball. (L-R) Newland, Erin Newland (wife) and 10 year old Avery Newland (daughter).

“Seniors 100th win,” Newland noted.

In the opening game, Zoey Burns slammed a 1-out double to center and took a 1-0 lead on a Mahayla Cook RBI single to center.

The Lady Wave took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third with Kylar Arnett hitting a 1-out single, a steal of second, with the senior racing to third on a passed ball, and scoring on a heads-up play with a Miami East dropped third strike and throw to first.

A Lady Vikings solo home run in the bottom of the third and a 2-run dinger in the bottom of the fifth gave Miami East a 3-2 lead with 5-innings in the book.

Greenville battled back with 2 runs in the top of the sixth with an Ella McLear 1-out single, a 2-out Kendall Cromwell RBI single to right, and pinch runner Kara Blumenstock scoring on a wild pitch gave the Lady Wave a 4-3 lead that would hold up for the final score.

“Four to 3 winners and solid game,” Newland stated.

Burns went the distance on the mound for the Lady Wave allowing 3 earned runs on 9 hits, no walks while striking out 11 hitters.

Cook led the Lady Wave going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI; Cromwell 1-3 with an RBI; Arnett 1-4 with a run scored; McLear 1-3, 1 run; Burns 1-4 including a double; Lily Brubaker 1-2; Skylar Bryson and Blumenstock each a run scored.

Game one gives LWSB seniors 100th career win (L-R) Ella McLear, Skylar Bryson, Mahayla Cook, Addie Burke, and Haleigh McDermitt. (Missing from photo, Savannah Leach.)

Game No. 2 of the day pitted the Lady Wave against a year-in and year-out excellent Hamilton Ross Lady Rams softball program.

The Lady Rams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and added a run in the bottom of the third to lead 2-0 over Greenville, a shutout score that would hold up through six innings of play.

Morgan Thompson led off the top of the seventh with a Lady Wave single to left followed by Kylar Arnett coaxing a 3-2 walk. A Zoey Burns ground out to the pitcher advanced pinch runner Kara Blumenstock to third and Arnett to second.

A Lady Rams error off the bat of Mahayla Cook scored Blumenstock with the Lady Wave’s first run of the game and moved Arnett to third. Cook quickly stole second setting up a 2-run single to right off the bat of LWSB senior Ella McLear giving Greenville a 3-2 lead with Ross coming to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.

“Morgan gets a hit and Cook knocks on first,” said Coach Newland. “McLear stays hot and blasts it to put us up”.

“Had a lot of chances and they made plays,” Newland added. “Great game and place.”

Greenville junior pitcher Zoey Burns did her magic setting the Lady Rams down in order to preserve the Lady Wave win.

Morgan Thompson picked up the win for Greenville tossing 4.0 innings, allowing no earned runs on 3 hits, no walks, and 1 strikeout. Burns earned the save pitching 3.0 innings, no earned runs, 2 hits and 4 strikeouts.

McLear went 2-3, a walk and 2 RBIs; Arnett 3-2 including a triple, a walk, and a run; Thompson 1-1, a walk; Burns 1-3 including a double; McDermitt 1-3; Cromwell 1-4; Cook 1 RBI and a run; Blumenstock a run scored.

With the two Saturday wins, the state’s No. 6 ranked DII Lady Wave improved to 16-4 on the season and stand tied for first in the MVL with matching 10-1 record with Butler.