Wednesday, April 16, 2014
After dropping two region games last week, the Lady Green Wave picked up some wins during the Azalea Invitational Tournament this week.
Summerville fell to Beaufort April 9 and lost control of the reigns for Region 8-AAAA after suffering a 4-1 loss to Bluffton Friday.
“The Beaufort game was just a good game,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “Both teams played really well and there were no errors, but they outhit us that night. They scored three runs in the first inning and that is hard to come back from.”
Summerville had a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning but the Eagles had some timely hits to pull a head.
The Wave suffered two injuries on one play in the game when the team’s shortstop and an outfielder collided while trying to catch a shallow fly.
“Our shortstop missed the Bluffton game, but I wouldn’t say that is why we lost,” Tucker said. “That was also a good game. Bluffton just got some timely hits and we didn’t hit very well. It just shows the strength of our region.”
The Wave has a 5-2 record in its region. Bluffton is the only team with only one region loss so Summerville needs help to secure a share of the region title.
Summerville opened the AIT at Gahagan Park with a 3-1 win over Science Hill High School from Tennessee. The Wave then beat Fort Mill 8-1 and Spring Valley in its third game to win Pool D of the tournament.
Against Fort Mill, Taylor Powell and Taylor Belfiore both had a 3-RBI homerun and Taylor Wuerfel had the win in the circle.
“I’m glad that we played better today,” Tucker said. “Hopefully when conference play resumes we will be ready for it. Other than last week, we’ve had different people step up when we need them to and that is what you want to have.”
Summerville carried an 18-2 record into bracket play for the tournament Tuesday, but dropped two close games.
In the semi-finals, Summerville fell 6-5 to Canon McMillian. The Pennsylvania team jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Summerville battled back. In the third inning, Belfiore singled to plate Anna Gluhosky to cut the lead in half.
Canon McMillian added a pair of runs in the fourth, but Dani Halajcsik led off the bottom of the frame with a double and then scored on a hit by Victoria Norris for a 6-3 score.
In the bottom of the fifth, Gluhosky doubled and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Olean. Sarah Windham and Halajcsik followed with hits.
Summerville thought it had tied the game when Hannah Horton doubled to send two pinch runners across the plate. However, the ball rolled under the fence in left-centerfield and the officials ruled the second runner could only advance to third on the dead ball. Canon McMillian got out of the inning on a fly out and held on to the 6-5 lead.
Summerville then played Clover for third place in the Gold Division, but lost 3-2. The Wave took an early 2-0 lead when Taylor Wuerfel singled to drive in Gluhosky and Summer Jenkins.
Clover tied the game in the fifth and scored the game-winning run in the sixth in an unusual fashion. With two outs and a runner on second, the Summerville catcher made a throw to first for what would have been the third out but the throw hit the base runner in the helmet and the runner already on base came home before any of the infielders could get to the ball.
Summerville hosts Ashley Ridge April 22 and Fort Dorchester April 24.