High School All-American, Susie Blocher crushes a Lady Wave first inning homerun over the centerfield fence in scrimmage with Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave Softball – A Breath of Fresh Air

Greenville Lady Wave Softball High School program heading into 2022 season with 26 players

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave Softball program completed two nights of fast pitch in just over 24 hours to kick-off the 2022 LWSB season.

“Twenty-four hours of softball – it was great, a lot of good softball,” said Greenville coach, Jerrod Newland following the Thursday night scrimmage with the visiting Russia Lady Raiders. “Coming out here again today, have both fields going.”

“We had 25 kids going between the two fields and just happy to play a good program like Russia – a good team and a lot of kids getting opportunity to hit, pitch and field the ball. Just a good day. We made a lot plays today and had fun and it’s contagious.”

“A lot of kids smiling and playing,” Newland added. “Today is neat because when games are going on you have 18 kids between the two fields at one time on the field playing so that just says something for the depth and where kids are at – all over the place. We’re still in March and we’re just trying to grind to get better and I’m sure we will get better each week and right now we’re in March.”

Susie Blocher drilled a homerun over the centerfield fence in her first at bat and Ashlynn Zimmer knocked one out in her second plate appearance of the night to go along with a bucket-full of singles and doubles on the night.

“They are starting to swing the bat a little bit,” Newland said. “It’s nice to see pitching – last night seeing some, tonight seeing some, hopefully Saturday and into next week seeing other people and different looks and making little adjustments and going – but kids are so darn excited.”

“We have Fletch  (Skylar Fletcher coming off an injury), she talked to me into playing a couple innings today and gets a couple hits, catches fly balls – let her swing the other day but she wants to run out and play,” Coach Newland said with a smile. “Everybody is giddy to get going and I’m just excited where we’re at.”

The Lady Wave got solid pitching from three pitchers, strong catching behind the plate and excellent play in the field.

“All three pitchers tonight threw great – a great game,” noted Coach Newland. “Eleven innings we made one error so if you play defense like that it’s good.”

“The stadium always has a good aura and breath of fresh air and a lot of people,” continued Newland.  “It’s just fun seeing the people – right there Ally Russell (Bowers) so I get a chance to catch up with her a little bit and it’s awesome to look up and see all the people, all the fans and most of us here, we just root for the name on the front, and that’s Greenville.”

With two scrimmages in two days in the book, the Lady Wave is halfway thru the 2022 scrimmage season.

“Everybody is excited and the neat thing tonight is people coming up and asking for rosters and positions and numbers and I don’t worry about anything,” Coach Newland stated. “I just play for the name on the front and we’ll figure it out. We have a great coaching staff and we’ll get it all going and just excited for this year – 2022 a breath of fresh air.”

The Lady Wave varsity and JV team host Toledo Whitmer, Saturday, March 19 with a 12 p.m. scrimmage time for both varsity and JV and close out the 2022 scrimmage season with the Arcanum Lady Trojans at Lady Wave Stadium, Tuesday, March 22 with a 4:30 p.m. start time for both the varsity and JV teams.

Ashlynn Zimmer slams a homer in her second Lady Wave plate appearance in scrimmage with the Russia Lady Raiders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville's Kylie Hamm has a strong outing in scrimmage play with Russia at Lady Wave Stadium. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Karmen Dehart throws well for the Lady Wave in scrimmage with Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Alaina Baughn drills a double off the top of the centerfield fence for the Lady Wave in Thursday night scrimmage with Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave freshman, Zoey Burns turns in a good outing on the mound in scrimmage action with the visiting Russia Lady Raiders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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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