Lady Wave fall to 2 of state’s best

Hats off when you play Division I pitchers - those are two of the better pitchers we’ll see until the end of this year ... Coach Jerrod Newland

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Greenville starting catcher Kendall Cromwell works behind the plate in non-conference matchup with Notre Dame. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave hosted two of the state’s best high school fast-pitch softball teams, the perennial powerhouse Centerville Lady Elks and the Portsmouth Notre Dame Lady Titans, a private school.

“Great day of softball here at the stadium,” said Greenville coach Jerrod Newland. “Three great programs, three great games.”

Lady Wave look on as Coach Jerrod Newland talks with power hitting Mahayla Cook. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The visiting Lady Elks and Lady Titans had a total of 11 Division I college players combined taking the field at Lady Wave Stadium.

“Great teams and players today,” Newland stated. “Excited to play at that level and atmosphere.”

Addie Burke knocks a hit for Greenville in home game with Notre Dame Lady Titans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville matched up with Centerville, a 2023 DI final-four team, and came away with a 5-0 loss to the Lady Warriors.

Game two pitted Centerville vs Notre Dame with the Centerville Lady Elks coming out on top with a 1-0 shutout, its second shutout of the day.

LWSB right fielder Maddie Hutchens makes a running catch in Greenville home game with Lady Titans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville dropped a 1-0 game to the Lady Titians in the third game of the day.

Greenville veteran starting pitcher Zoey Burns was the hard-luck Lady Wave hurler on the day as the team was unable to dent the scoreboard.

“That’s the best Zoey pitched and Kendall Cromwell caught this year – Zoey was spot on “A” game,” Newland stated. They pitched and caught great. It’s a shame we didn’t score a run in that game.”

Zoey Burns pitches for the Lady Wave in home game with Notre Dame. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Sent them 11 goose eggs today,” added Newland. “Shut them out in all but 3 of the 14 innings. Can’t wait to get better.”

Overall Coach Newland was pleased with his team’s performance.

“Hats off when you play Division I pitchers – those are two of the better pitchers we’ll see until the end of this year,” said Newland. “Three great teams, fun day, great crowd. We played very well today. We played 11 great innings. I love where we’re at and where we’re going.”