Russell belts 100th hit in Lady Wave win at Sidney

SIDNEY – Ally Russell collected her 100th hit in a Lady Wave varsity uniform with a game-opening double off the centerfield fence to propel Greenville to an 8-2 GWOC north win over the Sidney Lady Yellow Jackets.

“Her 100th hit in three years,” said Greenville Coach Jerrod Newland. “A couple others girls getting close, but she got hers today. Just neat. I was kinda hoping it was tomorrow (at home), but I started doing the math and it was going to be today.”

“It’s pretty impressive,” added Newland.” If you say 100 hits in a high school career, that’s pretty neat … in three years.”

The win over a good Lady Yellow Jackets team extended the Lady Wave winning streak to 21 games and gives Greenville a perfect 9-0 GWOC north record with one game in the conference remaining to be played.

“Division I school (Sidney) and a five hundred record on the year,” Newland said. “The beginning of the year when I voted for all the GWOC schools, I had them picked to finish second and they are going to be right there 2-3. They have four or five great players and obviously coming on the road and getting a GWOC game and getting out of here with a win and moving on.”

Karsyn Shaffer followed Russell’s opening double with a bunt single with the Wave’s No. 3 batter, Sydney Grote stoking a 2-RBI single to right.

A popup to short had the first out of the inning followed with a walk to Jazzlyn Petry setting the stage for a bases loaded double off the bat of Makayla Hanes scoring three runners giving the Wave a 5-0 first-inning lead with the home team coming to the plate.

With Russell on the mound, the Yellow Jackets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first with a grounder back to Russell on the mound and back-to-back Russell strikeouts.

Both teams sent them minimum three hitters to the plate in the second inning with the Wave setting the Jackets down in order with a Russell strikeout, a line-out to Sara Strait in left and 4-3 Shaffer to Allison Minnich groundout.

The Lady Wave carried an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh-inning with Sidney picking up a two-out RBI single for a final score of 8-2 with the two teams meeting at Stebbins Field Tuesday a 5:00 PM for the final GWOC north game of the 2015 season.

Russell and Minnich shared the pitching duties on the mound for the Lady Wave.

Having already clinched the GWOC North Championship, a Tuesday night win at Lady Wave Stadium would give the girls from Greenville a perfect 10-0 GWOC North Championship season.

“We are just trying to get all ten and obviously prepare for the journey we’re on,” said Newland. “Today wasn’t the prettiest thing of nature but the bottom line … Greenville win and move on.”

The Lady Wave will celebrate Senior Night at home Tuesday with Ally Russell being the only senior on the 21-1 team. Russell, a First Team All-Ohio player, will be pitching for the NCAA Division I Wright State Raiders next season.

“Tomorrow night is senior day,” said Newland. “Every day is senior day I tell her (Russell). Tomorrow is official senior day. Just proud of her. She had her 100th hit here today, the first one to start off the game. Just going into tomorrow for senior day, celebrate that and more importantly look at the opportunity to go 10-0 in the league and you couldn’t do anything better than that on senior day … 10-0 in the league and moving on.”

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