Rainout doesn’t dampen Lady Wave tournament objective

GREENVILLE – The Covington Lady Buccs and the Lady Wave played to a 0-0 score after one-inning of play at Stebbins Field before the game was called due to rain.

“We just wanted to come out here and play,” said Greenville Coach Jerrod Newland. “Two good teams lining up to play… two top 10 teams in the state.”

“Every year it’s one of the better games,” Newland said. “We love it and they love it. I talked to the coach (Covington Coach Dean Dendinger) this afternoon and we knew they were 30 minutes away so it’s not like it’s the end of the world.”

“It cut loose one time at 3:40,” added Newland. “We kept practicing. We took a little extra infield, a little extra hitting today and here it cut loose right about game time.”

With the two coaches meeting at home plate after one-inning of play the decision was made to postpone the game until later in the week.

“We went through it and he went through it… there is no reason to do anything like that obviously with tournament starting tomorrow,” Newland stated. “Game suspended top of the second. We’ll grind it out and go from there. I imagine this will be Wednesday or Friday. Our number one thing right now is tournament starting tomorrow.”

“Belmont first tournament game,” said Newland. “Eight steps on the ladder to win it.”

The No. 2 seed Lady Wave host No. 17 Dayton Belmont Tuesday in the opening game of the 2016 D-II state softball tournament.

Coach Newland is not taking the Lady Bison from Dayton Belmont lightly.

“You got to play the game,” said Newland. “It kinda is what it is. We respect the situation we’re in there tomorrow and even Thursday. We’ll just come out… it doesn’t matter if you are playing the Olympic team or Belmont. If you don’t win you don’t get to move on in the bracket.”

A Greenville win would have the Lady Wave playing No. 15 seed Dayton Thurgood Marshall at Lady Wave Stadium at Stebbins Field Thursday night.

Both tournament games have a 5:00 pm start time.

“I handed the kids a bracket the other day,” Newland said. “Everybody in our region and after tomorrow, half of those teams are gone and then after Thursday half will be gone.”

“You can’t count your chickens before they’re hatched,” concluded Newland. “It just is what it is and step one on our ladder. We have two ladders… six step to head to Akron and an eight step ladder to win it. Tomorrow we’re taking the first step and it’s against Belmont High School.”

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