Lady Wave's Susie Blocher earns All-American honors

Greenville’s Blocher earns All-American honors

GREENVILLE – Greenville junior, Susie Blocher earned All-American honors playing softball for the 2021 Lady Wave softball program.

“So proud of how Susie plays the game fast and hard,” said Lady Wave coach Jerrod Newland. “Amazing family and support system and can’t wait for her to have a stellar senior season.”

Blocher joins a class of only 48 players from across the nation to earn All-American honors and becomes just the third Greenville player in the Lady Wave softball program under the direction of veteran Hall of Fame Coach, Jerrod Newland to earn the award. Blocher inks her name along-side GHS greats, Jordyn Fisherback and Ally Russell.

“It means continuing the legacy that Greenville softball is about,” Blocher said of the prestigious award. “Bringing new players up and making them into what softball is about and showing just how hard you work to try to live up to those expectations that have already been set.”

“The honor is awesome,” Newland said, “and when the call came in, I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling,”

Blocher put up big numbers in 2021 playing for the Lady Wave to earn All-American honors.

The Greenville junior played in all 33 regular season games with 106 at-bats, scoring 32-runs, cranking out 55-hits including 13-doubles and 10-home runs, a .519 batting average and a .555 on base percentage while spending most of her time crouched behind home plate holding down catching duties. When not catching, Blocher could be found manning first base for the Lady Wave.

“She hits the ball very solid and square and plays both catcher and first very well,” Newland stated.

On the defensive side of the diamond, Blocher completed an amazing season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage accounting for 177 putouts while committing 0 errors in the field.

While putting up stellar numbers at the plate and on the diamonds, Blocher was carrying an impressive 4.0 grade average in the classroom.

Blocher has one year of high school ball remaining for the Lady Wave Softball program and gives this advice to young athletes. “The coaches definitely give all their time for the girls and anytime that they are willing to work for you, you have to be willing to work right back with them.”

“All throughout the winter there is a conditioning program, there is summer programs, there is fall, you just have to be willing to put in that work,” Blocher continued. “Just keep putting in the work because it’s going to be over before you know it.”

“The 2022 LWSB team has already received a few top notch invitational invites and I can’t wait to showcase some of the talent in the program,” Newland said.

“The program is as deep and solid as I’ve seen in my 20 years at the helm,” added Newland. “Excited for what’s to come off of a 31-2 season of craziness.”

Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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