Lady Wave Softball downs Minster

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave defeated the visiting Minster Lady Wildcats 9-4 in Saturday action as Stebbins Field in non-conference play.

“Great day for Lady Wave Softball,” said Greenville coach, Jerrod Newland. “Hats off to the kids, 11-1 and just excited for what next week brings us.”

Greenville senior, Grace Shaffer set Minster down 1-2-3 in the top of the first with a pop-up to Alaina Baughn at first followed with back-to-back strikeouts.

The Lady Wave wasted no time getting on the board its half of the first with Nyesha Wright crushing a 2-2 pitch over the leftfield fence and a Baughn homer over the centerfield fence to put the Greenville girls up 2-0 with no outs.

Skylar Fletcher drilled a 1-out double to left and raced home on a run-scoring single to left off the bat of Kenna Jenkinson for a 3-0 score. Keira Beavins knocked a RBI double to left plating Jenkinson sending the teams to the second with Greenville up 4-0 after one complete.

“Anytime you can come out and play a good team and come out bombing there in the first – get four quick and they kept chirping and playing – Minster is a good team,” Newland said.

The Lady Wave added a run in the bottom of the second using a Savannah Leach leadoff walk and a Baughn RBI double to left.

Minster took advantage of a double, a ground out and a passed ball to plate a run in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-1 game.

Greenville got the run back in the bottom of the inning using a Leach walk, a fielder’s choice, an error putting Leach on third to race home by way of a Minster passed ball.

The Lady Wildcats drilled a solo homer to center to make it a 6-3 game after five.

An Ashlynn Zimmer lead-off single in the bottom of the sixth followed by a Leach walk, a Baughn 2-run double to center and a Skylar Fletcher RBI single to center brought the Lady Wildcats to the plate for seventh inning action with Greenville leading 9-3.

Minster put together a 1-out single, a Wave error, a walk and a run scoring single to make it a 9-4 score with bases loaded and 1-out. A fly ball to Bri Fellers in left and groundout out to Leach at short slammed the door on the visitors preserving a 5-run Lady Wave victory.

“The last inning the tying run is on deck and good teams keep fighting,” Newland stated. “It was 5-zip there. They put the ball in play and 6-2 and then they hit one, 6-3 – just good stuff.”

Shaffer pitched 6-innings surrendering 2-earned runs on 6-hits, no walks and 8-strikeouts. Kylie Hamm pitched 1-inning in relief surrendering no earned runs, 2-hits and a walk.

Baughn paced the Lady Wave going 3-4 with a homerun and 2-doubles, 4-RBIs and a run scored. Fletcher went 2-4 with a RBI, Wright went 1-4 with 2-RBIs and a run, Beavins was 1-2 with a walk and RBI, Jenkinson went 1-3 with a RBI, Zimmer was 1-3 and Leach had 3-walks and 3-runs scored.

“Minster will probably be back here for the Regionals – Bradford, Mechanicsburg, that group and just good stuff,” Newland said.

“Proud of the kids, proud of the program and more importantly hats off here – we sneak one in before the rain,” added Newland. “Good game out of the team and hitting the ball a little bit – just a good closure to the week and now moving to 11-1.”

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Nyesha Wright drills a lead-off home run in the Lady Wave’s win over Minster.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-1.jpgNyesha Wright drills a lead-off home run in the Lady Wave’s win over Minster.

Grace Shaffer tosses 6-innings to earn the Lady Wave win over the Minster Lady Wildcats.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-2.jpgGrace Shaffer tosses 6-innings to earn the Lady Wave win over the Minster Lady Wildcats.

Greenville Hall of Fame coach, Jerrod Newland calls out instructions to the Lady Wave in the team’s win over Minster.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-3.jpgGreenville Hall of Fame coach, Jerrod Newland calls out instructions to the Lady Wave in the team’s win over Minster.

Kylie Hamm pitches in relief for the Lady Wave in the team’s non-conference win over Minster.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-4.jpgKylie Hamm pitches in relief for the Lady Wave in the team’s non-conference win over Minster.

Greenville’s Skylar Fletcher drills a run-scoring single for the Lady Wave in win over Lady Wildcats.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-5.jpgGreenville’s Skylar Fletcher drills a run-scoring single for the Lady Wave in win over Lady Wildcats.

Susie Blocher works behind the plate for the Lady Wave in the team’s win over Minster.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-6.jpgSusie Blocher works behind the plate for the Lady Wave in the team’s win over Minster.

Greenville’s Alaina Baughn blasts a first inning home run, one of her 3-hits on the day including two doubles and 4-RBIs.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_a-Nyesha-Wright-7.jpgGreenville’s Alaina Baughn blasts a first inning home run, one of her 3-hits on the day including two doubles and 4-RBIs.
Wright and Baughn lead-off game with home runs in win over Minster.

By Gaylen Blosser

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