AIT doesn’t bring boost coach had hoped for

  • Thursday, April 4, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- Summerville freshman Summer Jenkins picked up a pair of pitching victories during the Azalea Invitational Tournament this week. --

The Green Wave softball team went 3-2 during the 23rd annual Azalea Invitational Tournament held at Gahagan Park Monday and Tuesday.

Summerville (14-6, 2-3 in Region 8-AAAA) has gone through a rough patch that saw the Wave drop its last three region games to Bluffton, Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester. The tournament represented an opportunity for Summerville to get things back on track, but instead it brought more adversity for the Wave.

“I expect a lot more out of our kids,” Wave coach Heather Tucker said. “I know what they are capable of doing so I’m not asking them to play at a level they can’t. I’ve seen them play at a higher level so I expect them to get back to that. We did play a little better in this tournament but it is still not up to our standards.”

The Wave opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Woodruff. Summerville bounced back to defeat Wade Hampton 2-0 and Ohio team Bay High 5-0 to finish pool play.

Summerville was one of five teams to go 2-1 in pool play but only one of them could move into the championship bracket with three teams that went 3-0 in pool play. Summerville lost out on the runs allowed criteria and Dorman moved into the championship bracket.

The Wave played in the Silver Bracket but had to settle for a consolation game after falling 3-2 to Beaufort.

“We’ve had a few team chemistry problems but I can’t pinpoint any one thing and say it is this or it is that,” Tucker said. “We just have to fix some things. We have to be more focused in the box. We have to be able to make adjustments. We beat people early on who hadn’t seen us but now that people have seen us they are making adjustments to play us better and we haven’t made adjustments. Hopefully we have had a little wake up call and when we start going through our region again next week we will be able to get back to the level that we expect ourselves to play at.”

The good news for Wave fans is their team did finish the tournament on a positive note, defeating Colleton County 6-0 in its final game.

Freshman Summer Jenkins picked up her second pitching win of the tournament, throwing five innings before the umpires ended the game due to time constraints. She struck out seven batters and only surrendered one hit. She didn’t yield a single base on balls, but did hit one batter with a pitch.

“Summer is a hard worker and has improved from last season so she is doing a good job,” Tucker said. “When we played Colleton in a region game she got hit with a line drive so I’m very proud of her for coming back from that and throwing like she did.

The Summerville bats cranked up in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Knight, who led the Wave at the plate the entire tournament, opened the turn at bat with a stand-up double. Anna Gluhosky then hit a sharp line drive that a Colleton outfielder lost in the bright sunlight. The ball ended up at the fence, allowing Knight to score and Gluhosky to slide into third safely. Sarah Windham followed by reaching on a base on balls and scored on a single by Dani Halajcsik.

The next inning, Windham doubled the score with a three-run homer to left field that plated Hannah Horton and Taylor Belfiore.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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