Friday, April 25, 2014
A couple of three-run hits were the big difference in Tuesday’s game between the Lady Green Wave and the Lady Swamp Foxes.
The Summerville softball team got back on track in region play by earning an 8-2 win over Ashley Ridge. Summerville (19-4, 6-2 in Region 8-AAAA) lost two region games the week before spring break so it now needs to win its final two regular-season contests and have a fellow region team defeat Bluffton in order to claim a piece of the region title. Ashley Ridge (7-5, 4-5) entered its final game of the regular season Wednesday looking to break even in the region.
Both Summerville and Ashley Ridge only committed two errors Tuesday. Combined the teams only surrendered three walks. However, the Green Wave out hit the Swamp Foxes nine to five.
Summerville pitcher Summer Jenkins had a three-hit shutout going into the final inning but yielded two hits and 2 runs in the top of the seventh. She only walked one batter while striking out two during the complete-game effort.
“This is a good win for us,” Summerville shortstop Sarah Windham said. “We are getting back into our grind and trying to get everything settled before the playoffs. We played well tonight. We are working as a team and what not.”
Dani Halajcsik got things started for the Wave, reaching on an error in the bottom of the second inning. Hannah Horton and Brittany Olean followed with singles to push her across the plate. Then Taylor Powell grounded out to drive in Horton for a 2-0 Summerville lead.
Windham cushioned the lead in the fifth with a three-run homer to left-center field that plated Powell and Lauren Keefer, who came in to run the bases for catcher Taylor Belfiore.
Summerville strung hits by Halajcsik, Olean and Powell together with fielder’s choice at bats by Horton and Anna Gluhosky to keep the bases loaded for much of the sixth inning. It finally paid off when Jenkins singled to drive in 3 runs for an 8-0 Summerville lead.
Amber Watson opened the Swamp Foxes final turn at bat with a single. Ashley Ridge then loaded the bases on a walk and a Summerville error.
Cam Alverson drove in the Swamp Foxes’ first run with a grounder and then Nicole Snow made it an 8-2 game with an RBI-single. However, she was tagged making her way back to first and the officials ruled she had made a turn toward second before attempting to return so the game ended on the tag.
Snow led all batters in the game, going 3 for 3 at the plate.
Olean led Summerville, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Powell was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Belfiore reached base three times for Summerville.