DAYTON – The Lady Wave Softball team took a big step towards a bid for a successful 2016 season with a 1-0 win over the Lebanon Lady Warriors as the two perennial powerhouses squared off in a game played at Wright State University.
“It was a great team win,” said Greenville Coach Jerrod Newland
The Lady Warriors, a Division I school and one of the state’s premier softball programs is coming off a 32-1 season with their only loss coming in the D-I 2015 State Championship game, a 1-0 loss to Teays Valley.
The Wave took advantage of excellent defensive play while riding the arm of senior pitcher Allison Minnich in a game that took 10-complete innings before deciding the final outcome.
“Minnich keeps them off balance for 10,” Newland stated. “Cassie (Cromwell) made two or three unreal plays out in center and bottom line… 1-0 Wave win.”
The lone run of the extra-inning contest came in the top of the 10th by way of excellent hitting, heads-up execution on the base paths and superb coaching as the Lady Wave pushed a run across to grab a 1-0 lead.
A Karsyn Shaffer hit, an Alli Hill sacrifice bunt and a 2-out Cassie Crowell hit proved to be the only run of the night; the sole RBI needed for the LWSB victory.
“Great crowd and atmosphere at Wright State,” Newland said. “That’s what makes them fun. Two of the top teams in the state squaring off.”
Cromwell had three of the Lady Wave’s eight hits on the day.
Brittany Ellis pitched 8.1 innings and Alexis Struthers threw 1.2 innings while taking the loss for the Warriors.
Allison Minnich (2-0) went the distance on the mound tossing 10-innings of shut-out Lady Wave ball.
“We both (Greenville and Lebanon) like to get kids seen,” shared Newland. “Lots of kids on both teams that will have great chances with their softball future.”
Greenville and Lebanon opened the 2015 season at Wright State with the Lady Warriors defeating the Lady Wave 7-2.
The 2015 Lebanon team would go on to win 32 consecutive games before losing by a run in the state championship game. After the 2015 opening day loss to the Lady Warriors, Greenville would go on a 24-0 run.
The Warriors’ outstanding pitching from the 2015 State runner-up team; Tara Trainer now pitches for Indiana University and has been named Big Ten pitcher of the week and recently tossed a no-hitter.
Greenville’s pitcher in the 2015 game; Ally Russell now pitches for the NCAA D-I Wright State Lady Raiders and stands at 6-2 on a team with a 15-13 record. Russel recently blanked the University of Dayton 8-0 in the team’s home opener and has been named Horizon League Softball Player of the Week.
PHOTO CAPTION: Allison Minnich (front row 3rd from left) holds game ball after Lady Wave defeat Lebanon 1-0 in 10-innings at Wright State (Richard Brown photo)