senior Ashley Hanes unloads a pitch during the Lady Wave
game against Piqua
Tuesday. Greenville won the game 9-1 giving the 2012
seniors their 100th win of their careers.
In addition, the Wave
remained on top of the GWOC North with two division games left to
played against Sidney. CNO Photo by George Starks
continues winning ways
By George Starks
PIQUA- Greenville’s Lady Wave softball team stayed on track Tuesday for
a coveted GWOC North title. After beating Piqua Monday 10-0 at Stebbins
Field, the Wave made the short trip to Piqua Tuesday for another date
with the Lady Indians.
It was worth the trip.
Greenville used a four run third, highlighted by a two run blast off
the bat of Haley Luce, to take a 9-1 victory over the Tribe.
The victory was number 100 for the Wave seniors and giving Greenville a
17-4 season mark.
More importantly, the Wave went to 7-1 in the GWOC North, allowing them
to keep a firm lock on first place in the conference, with two more
divisional games left to be played. Both with Sidney Monday and Tuesday
of next week.
“We moved to 17-4 tonight but more important, we went to 7-1 in the
North Division with two to go,” said coach Jerrod Newland. “It’s nice
to see the seniors get number 100 and that is such a great feat. You
figure you have to get 25 wins a year for four straight years and all
but my first group of seniors has accomplished that. My first group had
98 so they fell short but the rest have hit that century mark. I have
six seniors on this team and I’m so proud of the effort they’ve put in
over the last four years.”
When it comes to softball, it’s a game that’s usually about pitching
and Tuesday was no different.
Senior Ashley Hanes had a superb outing, going seven innings, allowing
one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.
One this night, it was about offense.
Greenville pounded out 14 hits along with the nine runs scored but
never committed an error on the night.
“Luce is just a sophomore but when she gets into one, it’s going to go.
She hits the ball hard,” Newland said of the homerun by Luce. “She went
with the pitch and drove it over the fence and that gave us the
momentum back and put us in the driver’s seat.”
In the circle, Hanes had only one rough inning, that coming in the
sixth when she allowed a walk, two hits and the lone Indian run.
“She threw the ball extremely well tonight,” said Newland. “The walk
came back to haunt us with the double that followed but with the
conditions she’s thrown in, two days in a row, against a pretty good
hitting team, I’m proud of where we’re at and we’re getting better.”
In the beginning of the year, errors were killing the Wave in the loss
That hasn’t been the case lately according to Newland.
“Knock on wood, we’ve been eliminating those mistakes in the field the
last couple of weeks,” Newland pointed out. “This is game 21 tonight
and my goal is to play 14 more.”
The Wave were led at the plate by senior Kayla Harshbarger with four
hits, two being doubles and Luce with two hits and three runs batted in.
Greenville will play at Sidney on Monday before returning home on
Tuesday to face the Yellow Jackets again.