senior Kelly Martin receives a few high fives from her
teammates after leading off the
fifth inning with a home run against
Milton-Union Saturday. The home run sparked a four run rally
the Lady Wave a 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs. CNO Photos by Dylan Knoop
Lady Wave split
a pair on opening day
Lennen gets first ever victory
By George Starks
GREENVILLE- It wasn’t exactly the way Greenville head coach Jerrod
Newland would have wanted it. Then again, a loss is never what the
For the first time in 10 years, the Lady Wave lost a season opener,
falling to the Wayne Warriors Saturday, 2-1 at Stebbins Field. In the
second game of the day, the Wave bounced back, popping Milton-Union
5-2, to go 1-1 on the day.
In the Wave win, sophomore Karlee Lennen picked up her first ever win
in a Wave uniform.
“It was a big win for my sophomore on the mound,” said Newland after
the game. “When you play good defense, good things happen. When this
day started, I thought if we scored three or four runs, we would notch
wins. In the first game, they scored two runs and that was enough. We
got a few more runs in the second game and we got the win. Two pretty
good teams were here today and three good games.”
After Wayne topped the Wave 2-1, Milton-Union came in and defeated the
In the final game of the day, Greenville used a four run, fifth inning
to get a come from behind victory over the Bulldogs. Trailing 2-1 going
into the bottom of the frame, senior Kelly Martin led it off with a
solo, inside the park, home run to get thing tied at two run apiece.
After that, things escalated.
Senior Paige Wolter followed with a double to left center. The senior
parade continued with Kayla Harshbarger’s single to left, scoring
Wolter, giving Greenville the lead at 3-2. Seniors Ashley Hanes and
Kate McDermott would follow with RBI hits that would give the Wave a
“The third time through the line-up, we made an adjustment and we were
able to capitalize on things.” Newland pointed out. “It’s like anything
else. Once you get the ball rolling, things just keep going and it
snowballs. It just takes someone to get it going. In the first game, we
had nine kids left on the pond and no one could get that big hit. In
this game it was contagious. When one person hits, everybody hits.”
In the game against the Bulldogs, Greenville pounded out six hits, five
in the fifth, led by Wolter and Harshbarger with two hits each.
Greenville, 1-1, will travel to Urbana tonight.
Wave sophomore Karlee Lennen gets her first ever win Saturday over
Milton-Union. Lennen allowed just
two runs in the second of two games
Saturday. Greenville lost the season opener 2-1 to Wayne.