Taylor x 4 winning equation for Green Wave
Tuesday was Military Appreciation Night at Ashley Ridge and the Green Wave softball team unleashed its full arsenal of Taylors on the Swamp Foxes.
Summerville southpaw Taylor Wuerfel pitched a complete game, yielding only four hits and three walks, as the Green Wave earned an 8-0 shutout over its crosstown rival to avenge a loss earlier in the season. Offensively, Wuerfel reached base five times and drove in two runs. Courtesy runner Lauren Keefer scored two runs on her behalf.
Outfielder Taylor Powell reached base four times for Summerville and drove in a run while catcher Taylor Belfiore reached three times and scored a run. Both were 2 for 5 at the plate.
First baseman Taylor Knight had two sacrifice hits that both led to a Wave run.
Non-Taylors also contributed for the Wave.
Third baseman Hannah Horton was 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. She reached base three times.
Leadoff hitter Sarah Windham was 2 for 5 with a run scored. She reached base four times.
Summer Jenkins, Dani Halajcsik and Anna Gluhosky all reached base twice as the Swamp Foxes surrender a total of 13 hits and committed six errors in the field.
In many ways the game was completely opposite from the last time the rivals met and the Swamp Foxes took advantage of Summerville miscues to earn an 8-0 win.
“We have our heads on right now,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “We have more team chemistry going because we have stopped focusing on individuals and things have become more about the team. We hit the ball much better and our pitchers are doing a better job.”
Emily Hutt, Valerie Frank, Aubrey Rabun and Sierra Robinette had the hits for Ashley Ridge, which dropped to 14-8 with a 4-4 mark in Region 8-AAAA with the loss. Frank, Rabun and Robinette all reached base twice.
Summerville has won its last three games, all region contests, to improve to 17-6 with a 5-3 standing in the region. On Friday, the Wave will set out to avenge another loss when it takes on region leader Bluffton in Summerville.
“Against them the first time we didn’t play good defense at all so we have been focusing a lot on defense and making plays consistently,” Tucker said. “I’m proud of the way we are playing right now so we just need to stay focused. Hopefully we have several important games ahead of us this season and we plan to just take them one at a time.”
Summerville will also finish a game next week that will basically be replayed due to a protest. The Wave protested a call in the first inning of its game with Fort Dorchester Wednesday and won the protest so instead of the Patriots having a 7-5 win over Summerville that game will be picked up either Monday or Tuesday from the point when the protest was made on the field.
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