GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave used the long ball, timely hitting and a combination of freshmen pitching to run rule the visiting Beavercreek Lady Beavers 13-1 in a Wednesday night matchup.
“Good day for Lady Wave softball,” said Greenville Coach Jerrod Newland. “Five young kids played today. A lot of good mix of old kids and young kids. When you only have five kids that drive in the program, obviously young kids have to play. It’s just fun to have young kids that are experienced.”
Junior centerfielder Cassie Cromwell led the assault with a two-run first-inning triple and a third-inning grand slam to lead the Wave with six RIBs on the night.
“She shot the first ball out there,” Newland said. “Great at-bat going with the screwball and hitting it outside and shot that ball to right center. She hit one the other day that was far but that one was shot. Heck, the fence is 225 and it went farther than that. It wasn’t just over, it was a shot, a grand slam. She’s a stud hitter.”
Wave freshman Morgan Gilbert led off the bottom of the first with a single to left followed with an infield single off the bat of four-year starter Karsyn Shaffer, a walk to Makayla Hanes with Gilbert scoring on passed ball for a 1-0 Greenville lead.
“Obviously the one-two hitter there, Shaffer and Gilbert … those are special kids. Newland said. “They’re cat and mouse and you don’t get athletes like that playing those spots. Get them on base and wreak havoc and good things will happen.”
Cromwell drilled a two-run double to center and an Alli Hill sacrifice fly to center had the Lady Wave leading 4-0 after one complete.
The Greenville girls plated five second-inning runs taking advantage of a single to right off the bat of freshman Courtney Bryson, an RBI Gilbert double, a Shaffer run scoring groundout, a Hanes double to center, a walk to Cromwell followed with a Sydney Grote two-run double to right.
Hill closed out the Wave’s scoring in the second with an RBI single to left sending the teams to the third-inning with Greenville holding a commanding 9-0 advantage.
The Lady Wave bat’s continued to add runs to the board in the bottom of the third starting with Bryson taking first by way of a hit batsman with a pitch off the helmet, a Gilbert single to center, and a Shaffer walk loading the bases.
A popup to short had Cromwell coming to the plate to launch a two-out grand slam well over the right-center fence to give the home team a 13-0 lead.
The Beavercreek girls used three singles in the top of the fifth to plate the team’s lone run of the night with the Lady Wave taking the run rule win.
The freshman pitching duo of Baylee Petry and Caitlin Christman combined for the win with Petry tossing three strong innings of no-hit ball to open the game.
“Two freshmen out there,” Newland said. “Petry battled through a good couple of innings and left with a no hitter. Chrisman came in and did a great job getting a couple of outs and taking a no-hitter into the fifth. Just a good day for the program.”
“If you have young kids that are inexperienced it’s not a lot of fun but when you have young experienced kids it’s a lot of fun,” added Newland. “We’re going to play six, seven of the young kids this year and they are going to go out and compete and do well. It’s about playing for the name on the front … it’s a neat group this year.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Cassie Cromwell drills a grand slam over the fence in 13-1 run rule win over Beavercreek (Gaylen Blosser photo)