Lady Wave MVL Champs with Senior Night wins

Greenville Lady Wave earn back-to-back run rule wins over Sidney to earn MVL Championship

2023 Lady Wave seniors (L-R) Alaina Baughn, Skylar Fletcher, Kylie Hamm, Caydance Davidson and Ashlyn Zimmer (Back) Coach Jerrod Newland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave defeated Sidney in back-to-back run rule wins to earn an outright Miami Valley League Conference Championship on Senior Night at Lady Wave Stadium

“Great day for Lady Wave Softball,” said Greenville coach, Jerrod Newland. “Played two games – MVL Champs, proud of the kids. What a crowd, what a great atmosphere for these two games today. These five senior, they all do it right. Their parents, hats off to them and what they did. Just proud of the kids, proud of the program.”

Greenville honored five seniors prior to the twin bill: No. 2 Ashlyn Zimmer, No. 8 Skylar Fletcher, No. 12 Alaina Baughn, No. 17 Caydance Davidson and No. 22 Kylie Hamm.

Greenville senior Kylie Hamm tosses a shutout in first of double header wins to help lead the Lady Wave to MVL Title. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Senior day, five great kids but more importantly proud of everybody, proud of the kids,” Coach Newland stated. “Great job out of the seniors today – just fun for the kids.”

The five seniors sport a 75-12 career record over three years after having their freshman year cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

The LWSB program honored the 2020 team when coach Newland presented them with white helmets that were intended to be worn by the 2020 team. Coach Newland pulled the helmets out of storage recently.

“It’s just a shame they didn’t have that first year of the COVID 2020 because they’re seniors but this year those white helmets we’re wearing now, those are the 2020 helmets,” Newland explained. “It took me two years to get them out because it’s just a little tough for me.”

“When I asked those five seniors if they wanted to wear the 2020 team helmets and everybody shed a little tear. That’s what is driving us for the rest of this because it’s not our name on the back, it’s the name on the front.”

“I pulled those white helmets out because if figured that would be a way the 2020 team could be a part of this senior class,” added Newland. “When I gave those seniors the white helmets a couple weeks ago it was a pretty emotional moment.”

The teams played to a 0-0 scored after two innings of play before the Lady Wave exploded for five-runs in the bottom of the third including a Kylar Arnett two-run triple and added two-runs in the fourth, a two-run homer off the bat of Zoey Burns.

Greenville sophomore Zoey Burns crushes a home run in Lady Wave MVL win over Sidney. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Wave plated three-runs in the bottom of the fifth with Burke, Ella McLear and Arnett picking up RBIs to earn the five-inning walk off run rule win.

Greenville senior, Kylie Hamm went the distance allowing no runs on 3-hits, 1-walk while striking out two.

Kylar Arnett led the Lady Wave going 2-3 with 2-doubles, 3-RBIs and 2-runs scored. Zoey Burns drilled a home run, 3-RBIs and 1-run. Kendall Cromwell went 2-3, 1-RBI, 1-run; Addie Burke 1-2 including a double, 2-RBIs, 1-run; Haleigh McDermitt 1-1, 1-run; Ella McLear 1-2, 1-RBI; Ashlyn Zimmer 1-3, 1-run; Alaina Baughn 1-2 with a walk; Caydance Davidson 1-run; Lilly Brubaker 1-run.

Game No. 1 BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R H E

000 000 0   0 3 4 Sidney

005 23X X   10 10 0 Greenville

Game No. 2 of the double header played at Lady Wave Stadium had the visiting Lady Yellow Jackets playing has the home team. The Lady Wave took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first only to have Sidney take advantage of a 2-run homer knot the score at 2-2 with one-inning in the book.

Mahayla Cook drills the first of two second game home runs for Greenville in the Lady Wave’s run rule win over Sidney. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville broke the game open in the top of the second plating 6-runs including a Mahayla Cook 2-run homer.

The Lady Wave exploded with eight-third quarter runs to lead 16-2 after three-innings of play. Arnett collected a two-run double, a Burns single plated two-runs, Cromwell and Hamm collected RBIs and Cook knocked a two-run double.

Addie Burk knocks a doubles in Lady Wave win over Sidney. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Teams played to a 0-0 fourth sending the game to the fifth with the Lady Wave leading 16-2 and Coach Newland making a pitching change with Zoey Burns work on the mound done for the day.

Greenville tacked on 2-runs in the top of the fifth-inning with Cook crushing a two-run homer to deep center, her second of the game giving the Lady Wave an 18-2 advantage. The Lady Yellow Jackets plated 3-runs in the bottom of the inning giving the Lady Wave a five-Inning run rule win to earn the 2023 MVL trophy.

“Just so proud of what we’ve built and where we’re going,” Coach Newland said. “I really think this senior class has something special and it’s kind of unfinished business from the 2020 season they didn’t experience.”

Maddie Hutchens leaps for one of her outstanding plays to rob a Sidney hitter in Greenville win over the Lady Yellow Jackets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Zoey Burns earned the win tossing 4.0 innings while allowing 2-earned runs on 4-hits, no walks while striking out five. Morgan Thompson pitched 1.0 inning in relief allowing 1-earned runs on 2-hits, 1-walk and 2-strikeouts.

Mahayla Cook pace the Lady Wave with 2-homeruns, 1-double, 1-walk to go 3-3 with 7-RBIs and 3-runs scored. Kylar Arnett went 2-3 including a double with 2-RBIs, 3-runs; Addie Burke 2-3, 3-runs; Skylar Fletcher 2-2 including a double, 2-walks, 3-runs; Kylie Hamm 2-3, 1-RBI, 1-run; Ashlyn Zimmer 2-4, 3-RBIs, 1-run; Kendall Cromwell 1-4, 3-RBIs, Haleigh McDermitt 1-1, 1-run; Ella McLear 1-1, 1-run; Jaylen Christman 1-run.

With the Friday night wins the Lady Wave are riding a 10-game win streak and improve to 19-4 overall and close out the MVL season with a 16-1 record.

Greenville will host the Minster Lady Wildcats, Monday, May 8 with a 5:30 p.m. start time and hosts Belmont Tuesday, May 9 in the opening round of the 2023 OHSAA DII tournament with a 5 p.m. start.

Game No. 2 BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R H E

200 03X X   5 6 3   Sidney

268 02X X   18 15 2   Greenville