Lady Wave nip Troy to earn MVL win

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Morgan Thompson drills her first Lady Wave homerun to lead Greenville to an MVL win over Troy Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Troy Lady Trojans brought an 11-2 conference record to Lady Wave stadium to take on Greenville owners of a league-leading 12-1 mark and left town with an 8-7 loss at the hands of the Lady Wave.

“Great day for Lady Wave Softball,” said Greenville coach Jerrod Newland. “Two good teams playing here 12-2 vs 12-1, both teams coming out and hitting the ball, hitter’s environment today.”

Zoey Burns crushes a double to go 3-3 with a walk in win over Troy. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Troy took advantage of its first of three home runs on the day to lead 2-0 with the Lady Wave coming to the plate in the bottom of the first inning.

Greenville evened the score with 2 runs in the bottom of the first with opening back-to-back singles off the bats of Kylar Arnett and Zoey Burns. Ella McLear sent a run home with a groundout to short, and a Troy error sent the second run home for a 2-2 score after one.

Greenville’s Haleigh McDermitt knocks one of her two hits in Lady Wave win over Troy. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Trojans took advantage of an RBI bunt single to make it a 4-2 game after two complete and collected their second homer in the top of the fourth to lead 5-2.

Greenville got the run back in the bottom of the inning with Morgan Thompson going deep for her first home run of the season and a 5-3 Troy lead.

Addie Burke draws a fifth-inning walk in MVL win over Troy Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The difference in the game came in in the bottom of the fifth with 5 Lady Wave runs crossing the plate with 2 outs on the board. Zoey Burns, Mahayla Cook, and Addie Burke walked, Thompson knocked a 2-out 2-run single, Savannah Leach drilled an RBI double and Haleigh McDermitt sent an RBI single to center giving the Lady Wav an 8-5 advantage.

“In the fifth inning, we go up there offensively, with a mindset of hitting the ball well, square, and passing the bat,” Coach Newland stated.

Savannah Leach drives a run scoring triple to the right corner fence in Lady Wave conference win over Troy. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Troy battled back with 2 runs in the top in the seventh and had runners on second and third with 2-outs setting up an intentional walk and loading the bases with Lady Trojans. With Burns on the mound, the junior got a Troy to ground out Arnett to Burke giving the Lady Wave a hard-fought MVL win.

“They struck, and we struck back,” Newland said. They struck at the end. We left a couple on, we went scratching a couple of innings, they scratched one, we scratched one, we made a couple of coaching moves, and next inning, Morgan Thompson came in and shut them down, coming through for a couple of times.”

Kylar Arnett knocks a hit for Greenville in Lady Wave MVL win over Troy Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Their first four runs all came with two outs, and we’re close to making plays, but bottom line, great game today, fast fast-pitch softball game, and we came out on the right side 8-7,” added Newland. “It will be a war Monday at Troy and I can’t wait for that.”

Burns pitched 4.0 innings allowing 4 earned runs, 8 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. Thompson tossed 2.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs, 2 hits, 3 walks, and no strikeouts.

Thompson led the Lady Wave at the plate going 2-3 with a home run, 4 RBI, and a run. Burns went 3-3 including a double and a walk; Leach 2-3 including a double and a triple, 1 RBI 1, run; McDermitt 2-3, 1 RBI; Arnett 1-4; Burke a walk and a run; Cook a walk and 2 runs; Skylar Bryson 2 runs; Kara Blumenstock a run, and McLear a walk and a run.

BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R   H   E

220 100 2   7   11 1   Troy

200 150 X   8   10 0   Greenville