Green Wave softball team eyes shot at state title
The Green Wave softball team will host the Class AAAA Lower State championship series Friday.
Summerville (22-7) advanced to the title series with a 2-0 win over second-ranked Wando Saturday and a 2-1 win over Bluffton Monday. White Knoll eliminated Wando with a 4-1 loss Monday so Summerville will face the winner of the White Knoll/Bluffton game scheduled to be played Wednesday.
The Wave only needs a single win to advance to the best-of-three state championship series while its opponent would have to win two games in order to advance.
Saturday’s game was a pitching duel with Summerville southpaw Taylor Wuerfel earning the win in the circle.
Summerville pushed the only runs across the plate in the sixth inning. Anna Gluhosky laid down a bunt and the throw to first was high, which allowed her to reach second. She went on to score when Taylor Powell put the ball in play. Summer Jenkins then drove in Powell for the 2-0 Wave lead.
Summerville’s second game of the Lower State playoffs was also a defensive battle and small ball again helped the Wave. Summerville jumped ahead when Gluhusky reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an error.
But Bluffton (20-6) answered in the fourth and the teams went into extra innings with a run each.
International tiebreaker rules were implemented in the top of the ninth and Summerville moved its base runner on second to third with a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Knight and then Hannah Horton drove in the decisive run with a sacrifice fly.
Wuerfel again had the pitching win for Summerville.
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