Alaina Baughn makes a play at first base for the 2022 Lady Wave softball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

LWSB prepping for 2022 season

Greenville Lady Wave Softball opens with four home scrimmages at Lady Wave Stadium

GREENVILLE – With the 2022 edition of Lady Wave Softball (LWSB) taking the diamond at Stebbins Field, home of LWSB it signals the beginning of the OHSAA softball season.

“It’s only early, early March but it’s going to be a fun 13-14 weeks of Lady Wave Softball,” said veteran Greenville LWSB coach, Jerrod Newland. “It’s a breath of fresh air, playing, running around, the stadium is open – it’s good stuff.”

The Lady Wave had a good day of practice Thursday at Lady Wave stadium under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 40’s.

“Just excited for the kids, suns out, beautiful day, 43 degrees,” Newland stated. “You got 52 kids from Greenville City Schools out here playing softball with the two junior high teams out here today and just excited for everybody – excited for the kids, excited for the community. We’re all excited to play for the name on the front – Greenville.”

The LWSB high school program returns six seniors; Susie Blocher, Karmen DeHart, Bri Fellers, Saige Fellers and Sheyanne Slade along with six juniors; Alaina Baughn, Caydance Davidson, Kylie Hamm, Ashlynn Zimmer, Kenna Jenkinson and Skylar Fletcher and five sophomores; Addie Burke, Skylar Bryson, Mahayla Cook, Ella McLear and Haleigh McDermitt.

The program has a large incoming freshman class of 10 players; Avery Baumann, Zoey Burns, Sophia Claudy, Laci Hale, Marissa Hicks, Maddie Hutchens, Ella Stebbins, Morgan Thompson, Natalie Wills and Kylar Arnett.

Seven pitchers; K. DeHart (12), C. Davidson (11), K. Hamm (11), S. Bryson (10), Z. Burns (9), M. Hutchens (9) and M. Thompson (9)  and six catchers; S. Blocher (12), S. Slade (12), A. Baughn (11), M. Cook (10), A. Baumann (9) and M. Hicks (9) round out the pitching and catching for the Lady Wave.

Gone from the 31-2 LWSB 2021 season is starting pitcher Grace Shaffer and starting centerfielder Nyesha Wright.

“Graduated a couple kids, moving pieces – every year is a different year and this is the 2022 group,” Newland said. “We have 26 kids coming out and competing. It’s just great stuff – 26 kids at the high school level, 26 at the junior high level this year with 13 on each team. Excited for the kids, excited for the program and really excited – seven through 12.”

“The freshman class, 10 kids, they have a lot of tools, a lot of skill sets but every year there is a great group of kids coming but this year it seems to be very deep, heavy with a lot of multiple tool, talented kids,” Newland continued. “Usually it’s a kid or two that can do certain things but this group seems to have more than a handful of kids that have some talent, so a neat opportunity for some kids the next few years.”

Speaking of his coaching staff, Newland said, “best you can get. Got everybody back this year and obviously with the loss of Mr. Davis we’re not having him back but you know he might be the extra apple that gets us through up there.”

The 2022 staff includes assistant coaches: Justine Shilt, Greg Newland, Denny Ruble, Tom Cromwell, Alli Hill and Carol Paul.

The Lady Wave opens 2022 scrimmage play with three home scrimmages next week and closes out scrimmage action at home with Arcanum Lady Trojans at Lady Wave Stadium.

Wednesday, March 16 vs Kenton Ridge (Varsity) 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 17 vs Russia (Varsity & JV) 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 vs Toledo Whitmer (Varsity & JV) 12 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22 vs Arcanum-Butler (Varsity & JV) 4:30 p.m.

“It’s a good place to play,” Coach Newland said of Lady Wave Stadium and the upcoming home scrimmages. “We like to play for three hours and a lot of teams have the same mindset as us and want to do the same thing to improve their programs for their kids – just excited again for everybody and next week we’ll have the three days out here. Looks like beautiful weather – 70 degrees coming around.”

Bri Fellers gets swings in at Lady Wave softball practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave Hall of Fame coach, Jerrod Newland gives instructions at early season practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Susie Blocher drives a ball out of the park in Lady Wave preseason practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville's Skylar Fletcher makes contact at Lady Wave early season practice. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ashlynn Zimmer makes a preseason Lady Wave play at third. (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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