Wave softball team lights up Hawks in sixth
The Green Wave softball team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday to earn an 11-4 win over Hanahan.
“I wasn’t real happy with the way the game started,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “We were tense and not really playing our game. Defensively we weren’t going to get the ball and when they got a lead on us we weren’t ourselves up at the plate. But I’m glad we found a way to get the job done. I’m proud of them stepping up in the sixth.”
Summerville got on the board first. Sarah Windham led the bottom of the first with a single and moved around on a walk by Taylor Wuerfel and a hit by Summer Jenkins. Catcher Taylor Belfiore then singled to plate Windham for a 1-0 Wave lead.
But Summerville left a pair of base runners stranded in each of the next three innings and Hanahan came to life in the third, scoring two runs off two hits and a Summerville fielding error to take the lead.
The Hawks added two more runs off four hits in the top of the fifth and retired the side in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-1 lead into the sixth.
Hanahan fanned the first Summerville batter in the bottom of the sixth, but then the rally began. Brittany Olean reached on an error and Windham doubled to drive her in. Taylor Powell singled to plate Windham and cut the lead to a single run. That prompted Hanahan to change pitchers, but the Wave was already on a roll.
Wuerfel singled off the reliever, who then walked Jenkins to load the bases. Belfiore then reached on an error to tie the game at 4-all and keep the bases full.
The next batter popped up so Hanahan only needed an out to get out of the jam. However the Hanahan catcher tried to pick off pinch runner Kayla Branton and the throw got by the third baseman, allowing Branton to score the game-winning run.
Summerville went on to score six more runs in the inning off three hits, a walk and a Hanahan error.
“Sometimes it just takes one or two hits to get something going,” Tucker said. “Hits can be contagious so once we got that big hit to put another run on the board I think we started to relax and feel comfortable.”
Windham finished 4 for 5 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Summerville. Powell was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Belfiore reached base in all three of her turns at bat and drove in two runs.
Wuerfel picked up the pitching win after throwing a complete game. She fanned four Hanahan batters while walking none.
Summerville surrendered eight hits while Hanahan surrendered 13.
The Wave entered this week as the No. 4 ranked Class AAAA team in the state, but suffered its first loss of the season at Stratford Monday as the Wave’s record dropped to 9-1. Stratford doubled up the Lady Green Wave 4-2.
Jenkins had an RBI double in the first inning and Anna Gluhosky added an RBI single in the second inning but the Lady Green Wave couldn't scratch again against Stratford's Kasie Red.
Red earned the victory and Wuerfel took the loss after giving up all four Stratford runs in the bottom of the first.
The Wave opens region play March 20 when it hosts Colleton County at 7 p.m.
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