Green Wave softball team gets defensive

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- Senior Kayla Branton steals third during Summerville’s playoff opener with Conway. --

The Green Wave softball team has had mixed results in the Class AAAA District 8 playoffs.
Summerville played stiff defense and got its bats going in the later innings to earn a 10-0 win over Conway in the opening round.
“Anytime you get a playoff win it’s exciting and you are glad to have it,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “I would have liked for my team to have played better offensively but we are still alive.”
Summerville pitcher Taylor Wuerfel only allowed two hits and surrendered no walks in five innings of work. She had five strikeouts in the game, which was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Behind her, the Wave defense only committed one error.
Wuerfel led all batters, going 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs. Hannah Horton also went 2 for 3 while Summerville outfielders Taylor Powell and Dani Halajcsik both went 2 for 4.
In the bottom of the second inning, Anna Gluhosky drove in Halajcsik for the game-winning run. Summerville added a run in the third and two in the fourth but things really started to click for the team in the fifth when the Wave pushed across six runs.
Summer Jenkins started things off with a solo homerun to left field. Then Horton and Gluhosky had singles and scored off a hit by Sarah Windham.
Windham scored off a double by Powell and the Wave used hits by Wuerfel, Taylor Belfiore and Halajcsik to drive in the final two runs.
On Saturday, Summerville again had trouble getting the bats warmed up as Dutch Fork pitcher Hayley Elkins led the Silver Foxes (20-8) to a 3-1 win over the Green Wave (20-7) in nine innings.
Elkins fanned eight Wave batters while walking none. Wuerfel also had a good outing, striking out four Dutch Fork batters and walking only one.
After eight scoreless innings officials went to international tiebreaker rules. In the top of the ninth, Dutch Fork cleanup batter Cassidy Piccirillo hit a homerun to give the Foxes a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Summerville’s Dani Halajcsik singled to drive in runner Lauren Keefer and Taylor Knight reached on an error, but the Wave couldn’t push any more runners across.
Taylor Powell went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the Wave batters. Piccirillo went 2 for 4 to lead the Silver Foxes.
Summerville was scheduled to host Lugoff-Elgin Tuesday after press time. The winner of that game will advance to face Dutch Fork Wednesday in the district championship series and will need to defeat the Silver Foxes twice in order to advance to the Lower State round of the playoffs.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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