Green Wave downs rival

Summerville pitcher Malori Myers picked up the win against Fort Dorchester Wednesday.

The Green Wave softball team earned a 5-0 win over Fort Dorchester Wednesday.

Timely hitting from Summerville was the difference in the he first region game for the rivals. Both teams managed to put runners on base, but struggled somewhat to get them home. Fort Dorchester stranded seven base runners in the game and Summerville stranded five.

“It was 2-0 for a while and you are never comfortable with that,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “The Fort did a great job getting kids on base, but we were able to make some good defensive plays in some tight situations. I don’t feel like we played our best tonight. They got a lot of infield hits on us and our defense can play better than that.”

Megan Strickland and Jessie Williams led off the first inning with base hits, but Summerville pitcher Malori Myers (10-0) fanned the next three batters to end the threat.

In the bottom of the frame, Wave leadoff hitter Sarah Montei reached on an error and scored when senior Rochelle Lyda doubled. Lyda then came home on a single by Alexa Ritchie.

The game was largely a defensive battle from there until the fifth inning. Jessyca Calhoun and Strickland reached on singles in the top of the inning, but Summerville got out of the jam safely with a pair of groundouts.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ritchie plated Lyda, who reached on her second double of the evening. Then catcher Kaitlyn Clark plated Myers, who reached on a fielder’s choice, and Ritchie with a single.

Myers struck out seven batters and gave up no base on balls. She did hit one batter, Fort pitcher Alisha Coleman. Clark and Ritchie were 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs. Lyda was 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Coleman only walked two batters. Strickland and Calhoun were both 1 for at bat, but both Patriots reached base twice.

Summerville (11-0, 1-0) faced Colleton County on Thursday after press time. After a pair of non-region games, the Wave will host Ashley Ridge April 1.

“We’ve got more region games coming up so we need to get focused and get everyone playing at a high level,” Tucker said.

Fort Dorchester (5-11, 0-1) hosts Goose Creek March 25 and travels to Ashley Ridge March 30.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com.