Friday, April 4, 2014
The Lady Green Wave softball team homered three times Monday en route to handing Bluffton its first loss of the season.
Summerville infielder Summer Jenkins hit two pitches out of the park and Green Wave catcher Taylor Belfiore opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off home run that gave Summerville a 6-5 victory over the Bobcats.
“I took an inside pitch and it almost drifted foul but I got lucky,” Jenkins said of her second home run that bounced off the inside top of the foul marker in left field to tie the game at 5 in the fifth inning. “Coming in we knew we needed to focus on winning every inning and to just keep working throughout the game. We took it pitch by pitch and it paid off.”
Summerville, the top ranked team in the S.C. coaches’ Class AAAA poll, improved to 13-0 with a 3-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA. Bluffton dropped to 4-1 with a 2-1 mark in the region.
“They have a good team so we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “We had quite a few battles with them last year and played them in a tournament earlier this year and that was a back-and-forth battle. I’m proud of our girls for coming away from this one with a win.”
Jenkins, Belfiore and Taylor Powell were all 2 for 4 at the plate. Powell, Belfiore, Anna Gluhosky and Sarah Windham all reached base three times.
Morganne Parker led the Bluffton batters, going 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Mikyla Houghlin was 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Jenkins entered the pitcher’s circle in the fifth inning and yielded only two hits and no walks while striking out three batters to pick up the pitching win. Starter Taylor Wuerfel only yielded five hits and no walks during the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the top of the fifth as Bluffton took a 4-3 lead.
Bluffton pitcher Courtney Smith struck out nine Summerville batters while only walking four in a complete-game effort.
Bluffton scored a run off three hits in the top of the first inning. Summerville answered when Powell reached on a base on balls, moved over on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and came home on an overthrow during the steal. Then Jenkins hit a solo shot over the fence for a 2-1 Summerville lead.
The Bobcats tied the game in the second. Houghlin singled and Parker drove her in with a hit.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hannah Horton tripled and came home on a single by Powell for a 3-2 Green Wave lead.
However, Bluffton took a 5-3 lead the next inning. Morganne Parker opened the fifth with a single and scored on a double by Jordyn Parker who went on to score off a single by Lilli Otten. Houghlin later drove in Otten for the two-run lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Windham walked and scored off Jenkins shot to left to set up Belfiore’s walk-off homer in the seventh.
Summerville plays at Fort Dorchester Friday and hosts Colleton County April 7.