GREENVILLE – Greenville run ruled Troy 11-1 in five innings of Greater Western Ohio Conference softball on Monday.
Greenville started off strong with nine runs in the first inning.
Morgan Gilbert and Karsyn Shaffer led off with hits then Sydney Grote walked to load the bases. Ali Hill, Baylee Petry, Courtney Bryson and Chloe Sowry also got hits as the Lady Wave cycled through all their batters.
Gilbert then came back up and got her second hit of the inning. Cassie Cromwell and Makayla Hanes drew walks then Grote got a hit as the Wave took a 9-0 lead.
Troy had a pair of base runners in the second inning but couldn’t do any damage. Greenville also couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half of the inning as it was limited to a walk by Bryson.
After a three-and-out top of the third, Greenville threatened in the bottom half of the inning. Hanes walked, Grote got a hit and Hill got a hit, but the Wave couldn’t push a run across the plate as the score remained 9-0.
In the fourth inning Troy’s Lauryn Rutan cracked one out to the fence in center field for a triple. She then scored when Molly Miller reached on a Greenville error to make it 9-1.
In the bottom half of the inning Gilbert started a Greenville rally with a one-out double into center field, and she then stole second. Shaffer walked and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position. Cromwell then drove in both runners with a RBI single, making it an 11-1 ballgame.
Troy had a pair of runners in the top of the fifth, but Greenville kept Troy from scoring again to preserve the 11-1 victory.
“It was a good day,” Greenville softball coach Jerrod Newland said. “This was the way I wanted a home opener. We could not get any better than this day. It was cold, wet weather, which makes it better for us.
“Our hitting was great. This win takes us to a 5-1 record. Tomorrow we head to Troy for a new game starting out zip to zip. This is a big game and then Friday night we play under the lights.
“We had a great defense and great freshman pitcher rookie on the mound. I hope we can keep playing this great all season.”