Lady Wave District Champs


By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



2019 Lady Wave OHSAA D-II District Champions, the team’s 12th in the last 13 years.

2019 Lady Wave OHSAA D-II District Champions, the team’s 12th in the last 13 years.


Grace Shaffer tosses a complete 2-hit shutout to lead the Lady Wave to the 2019 District Championship title.


Baylee Petry drills a 2-run single to give Greenville a 2-0 win over Tayor to earn the 2019 District title.


Greenville senior, Lani Shilt hammers a double in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win.


Morgan Gilbert collects a double for one of her two hits on the day for the Lady Wave in the team’s District Championship win.


Nyesha Wright lays down a perfect bunt single for the Lady Wave in District Championship win over Cleves Taylor.


Greenville’s Chloe Sowry pulls in a pitch for the Lady Wave in District Championship win.


Morgan Gilbert gets the tag down for an out in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.


OHSAA umpire calls the out on Morgan Gilbert’s tag at third in the Lady Wave’s District Championship victory.


Greenville shortstop Morgan Gilbert makes a play to get a Lady Yellow Jackets runner out at first.


Grace Shaffer throws late in the District Championship game to earn a Lady Wave shutout win over the Taylor Lady Yellow Jackets.


Haleigh Mayo-Behnken drives the ball for the Lady Wave in District Champions ship game.


Greenville leftfielder Natea Davidson takes a turn at the plate in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.


LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – The Greenville Lady Wave defeated the Cleves Taylor Lady Yellow Jackets 2-0 to earn their 12th District Championship in the past 13 years handing Greenville veteran Hall of Fame coach Jerrod Newland his 449th career win at the helm of the Lady Wave.

“They were 24-3…25 and whatever,” Newland said of Taylor. “They are a good ball club and great pitcher. She mowed half of us down and we left a lot on base, but bottom line – Lady Wave softball a 2-zip win, escape and move on. It’s crazy – gold for that many straight.”

The Lady Wave took the field performing like a veteran squad while dressing but one senior – No. 4 Lani Shilt.

“Senior – four gold medals,” Newland noted of Shilt playing on four Lady Wave District Championship teams. “It’s just awesome. Four for four for number four.”

Grace Shaffer went the distance on the mound tossing a pitching duel shutout, striking out nine Lady Jackets while Greenville would strikeout 12 times on the day.

The Lady Wave plated the game’s only runs in the bottom of the second with Haleigh Mayo-Behnken coaxing a one out walk, Chloe Sowry reaching first by way of a hit batsman and Nyesha Wright loading the bases with an infield bunt single slowly rolling third, stopping just fractions of an inch from the chalk line with Wright already standing on first.

Coach Newland wasted no time going to pinch hitter Baylee Petry early in the game to drill a two run single to left giving the Lady Wave a 2-0 lead that would hold up for the final score of the championship game.

“How many coaches pinch hit for somebody the first time they bat – first time through the order,” said Newland. “Just how we do it this year. Baylee Petry, an All-State player as a freshman comes though labrum injury, getting back swinging the bat and no hesitation.”

“Grace comes up, two on, not a hesitation in the book because Baylee knows she’s going to bat once or twice a game and she stepped right up there,” added Newland. “Coming off her injury, been back now exactly one month, exactly 30 days because she got released 4-18. She’s been back 30 days working her game, getting back, and bam – steps up and scores two runs – game winning hit.”

The Lady Jackets went down in order in both the first and second innings and picked up their first of two hits in the third only to have Lady Wave catcher Chloe Sowry cut down an advancing runner to third with shortstop Morgan Gilbert moving over to get the tag down and set the visiting team on the board down 1-2-3.

Shaffer would follow with setting the Taylor girls down in order in the fourth and fifth innings before giving up the second hit of the night, a two out sixth inning double and striking out the next hitter to keep the shutout intact.

We leave a few on there in the second third and fourth and just can’t bust through but when Grace throws like that – effective,” Newland said. “They had two baserunners and we threw one out at third and the other got stranded. To go through 22 batters in seven innings – when you do that great things are happening and hats off to her and Chloe Sowry (catcher) today.”

A Lady Yellow Jackets popup to Mayo-Behnken at second, a popup to Gilbert at shortstop had Taylor down to their last out with Shaffer throwing her ninth strikeout of the game to give the Lady Wave a 2-0 diamond gem while wearing “Gold” on the 79 mile bus ride back to Greenville.

Baylee Petry paced the Lady Wave at the plate making the most of one pinch hit appearance going 1-1 with 2-RBIs.

Lani Shilt and Morgan Gilbert went 2-4, both with a single and a double. Nyesha Wright accounted for the Lady Wave’s sixth hit of the day, a single in Greenville’s run scoring second inning.

“I’m just so proud of the kids,” concluded Coach Newland. “What an atmosphere today.”

The Greenville Lady Wave join the Sweet Sixteen and take on Hebron Lakewood, Wednesday, May 22 at Mason High School with a 2 p.m. start time.

2019 Lady Wave OHSAA D-II District Champions.

2019 Lady Wave OHSAA D-II District Champions, the team’s 12th in the last 13 years.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_aLWSB-District.jpg2019 Lady Wave OHSAA D-II District Champions, the team’s 12th in the last 13 years.

Grace Shaffer tosses a complete 2-hit shutout to lead the Lady Wave to the 2019 District Championship title.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_b-G-Shaffer.jpgGrace Shaffer tosses a complete 2-hit shutout to lead the Lady Wave to the 2019 District Championship title.

Baylee Petry drills a 2-run single to give Greenville a 2-0 win over Tayor to earn the 2019 District title.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_bb-Baylee-Petry-2-RBI.jpgBaylee Petry drills a 2-run single to give Greenville a 2-0 win over Tayor to earn the 2019 District title.

Greenville senior, Lani Shilt hammers a double in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_c-Lani-Shilt-Double.jpgGreenville senior, Lani Shilt hammers a double in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win.

Morgan Gilbert collects a double for one of her two hits on the day for the Lady Wave in the team’s District Championship win.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_d-M-Gilbert-hit.jpgMorgan Gilbert collects a double for one of her two hits on the day for the Lady Wave in the team’s District Championship win.

Nyesha Wright lays down a perfect bunt single for the Lady Wave in District Championship win over Cleves Taylor.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_ddNyesha-Wright-bunt.jpgNyesha Wright lays down a perfect bunt single for the Lady Wave in District Championship win over Cleves Taylor.

Greenville’s Chloe Sowry pulls in a pitch for the Lady Wave in District Championship win.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_e-Chloe-Sowry.jpgGreenville’s Chloe Sowry pulls in a pitch for the Lady Wave in District Championship win.

Morgan Gilbert gets the tag down for an out in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_ee-Gilbert-tag.jpgMorgan Gilbert gets the tag down for an out in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.

OHSAA umpire calls the out on Morgan Gilbert’s tag at third in the Lady Wave’s District Championship victory.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_eee-Umpire.jpgOHSAA umpire calls the out on Morgan Gilbert’s tag at third in the Lady Wave’s District Championship victory.

Greenville shortstop Morgan Gilbert makes a play to get a Lady Yellow Jackets runner out at first.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_Gilbert-play.jpgGreenville shortstop Morgan Gilbert makes a play to get a Lady Yellow Jackets runner out at first.

Grace Shaffer throws late in the District Championship game to earn a Lady Wave shutout win over the Taylor Lady Yellow Jackets.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_Grace-S.jpgGrace Shaffer throws late in the District Championship game to earn a Lady Wave shutout win over the Taylor Lady Yellow Jackets.

Haleigh Mayo-Behnken drives the ball for the Lady Wave in District Champions ship game.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_Haleigh-Mayo-Behnken.jpgHaleigh Mayo-Behnken drives the ball for the Lady Wave in District Champions ship game.

Greenville leftfielder Natea Davidson takes a turn at the plate in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/05/web1_Natea-Davidson-2.jpgGreenville leftfielder Natea Davidson takes a turn at the plate in the Lady Wave’s District Championship win over Taylor.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 548-3330. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 548-3330. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.