By Ryan Berry
GREENVILLE — Woman Wave Softball is heading to Akron for a remaining 4 match-up. Greenville earned the journey after defeating Kenton Ridge 5-2 on Friday night so as to add one other regional championship trophy to the trophy case.
From the coach to the bench gamers, there was an air of confidence coming from the staff earlier than the sport. It was a rematch from final yr’s regional semi-final when the Cougars got here out on prime 2-1.
Coach Jerrod Newland was thrilled together with his staff’s efficiency, “That is my tenth regional remaining recreation. It’s a legacy for the children and program. It’s simply superb. It’s our tenth regional remaining within the final 15 years. Now we’ve punched our tickets. It’s our fourth remaining 4. It simply makes me so happy with the children. It was an important staff right this moment, Kenton Ridge, nice program. Quantity 4 versus 5 within the state go at it right here right this moment. Two storied packages.”
Coach Newland had his staff working properly and able to play. They picked up eight hits, together with a two-run dwelling run from Zoey Burns within the prime of the seventh inning to provide Greenville a 3 run cushion.
Greenville used small ball to place their first three runs on the board. A double from Alaina Baughn, adopted by a sacrifice from Addie Burke after which a floor ball from Kendall Cromwell put Greenville in entrance 1-0 within the second inning.
The Cougars scored their first of two runs within the second to tie the rating.
Within the prime of the fifth, Greenville obtained a base hit from Cromwell and Kylie Hamm tried to sacrifice, however the bunt was put within the good spot and as a substitute of a sacrifice it became a base hit. Mahayla Cook dinner tried to sacrifice the 2 runners over and put her bunt virtually in the very same spot as Hamm’s and beat out the throw to first to load the bases. Skylar Fletcher was hit by a pitch to get usher in a run and take a 2-1 lead. Burns obtained her first of three RBIs with a drive to proper subject to attain the second run of the inning and take a 3-1 lead. Kenton Ridge obtained their remaining run of the night time within the sixth.
Burns additionally pitched a masterful recreation and unfold out the Cougar’s seven hits. She picked up three strikeouts and didn’t stroll a batter. Each groups performed excellent protection.
Newland stated, “Immediately, Zoey Burns, whew. Zimm performed superb protection, Fletch performs quick and will get some hits, Zoey knocks them in, Burke’s hotter than a hornet that final couple of weeks. Mr. [Doug| Fries (superintendent) said it, ‘we’re just getting better.” And I 100 percent believe we’re getting better.”
Newland said there were a few times this week when some of the coaches thought he should pull the reigns back and not work them as hard. “If the kids want to keep getting better, I will let them keep getting better.” He explained there were times this week when the team wanted to keep working.
There was a large contingent of Greenville fans at the game and it didn’t go unnoticed by Newland and his team. “Lady Wave Softball is a drug. Once it gets in your system, you’re hooked. What I like is most of these people around here, don’t have kids. They root for the program. They don’t know the names, they root for the name on the front.”
The Lady Wave will play Thursday, June 1 against Talmadge, 5:30 p.m., at Firestone Stadium in Akron in the division two state semi-final game.
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