Haleigh McDermitt drills one of her three hits on the day in tournament win over Trotwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Newland earns 500th with win over Lady Rams

Greenville Hall of Fame coach Jerrod Newland captures 500th career win with opening round 2022 OHSAA tournament

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave defeated the visiting Trotwood-Madison Lady Rams 14-0 in first round OHSAA DII tournament action while giving veteran Hall of Fame Coach Jerrod Newland his 500th career win at the helm of the Lady Wave softball program.

“It’s all about the kids, just good people and good kids,” said Newland.  “I still don’t have a hit, I haven’t done much other than surround myself with good coaches, great families and good kids. Just very excited for Greenville softball. It’s been 20-years and it’s going to go for a long time.”

Lady Wave Coach Jerrod Newland rested all eight starting position players giving 14 non-starters varsity tournament experience in the run rule victory.

“Obviously today as you look at the scoreboard and a lot of hits, you could come out pad the stats but it’s not about stats,” said Newland. “It’s about getting ready to play and those eight kids were great teammates today and that is what makes me so proud as a coach – those kids were teammates and leaders and that will go a long way.”

Coach Newland used the “runner leaving the base too soon” on numerous occasions to keep the game respectable while the eight starters in their tennis shoes cheered on the underclassmen.

Greenville plated 5-runs in the bottom of the first with 2-outs coming by way of the “runner leaving the base too soon” and added 3-runs in the bottom of the second to lead 8-0 with two innings in the book.

The Lady Wave continued to pound the ball adding 2-runs in the third and 4-runs in the bottom of the fourth, the team’s final plate appearance of the night.

“I’m excited for the opportunities ahead but tonight those eight kids in tennis shoes, other kids getting chances and opportunities – that is what it’s all about.” Newland said.

Greenville freshman, Zoey Burns pitched three perfect innings striking out eight of the nine batters faced and freshman, Morgan Thompson tossed the final two-innings surrendering 1-hit and no walks.

LWSB sophomore Haleigh McDermitt went 3-4 with 3-RBIs and a run; freshman Kylar Arnett was 2-4 with 3-RBIs and 2-runs and freshman Sophia Claudy went 2-4 with 2-RBIs and a run.

Sophomore Skylar Bryson was 1-3 with a walk, 1- RBI and a run; sophomore Addie Burke 1-3 and a run, Karmen Dehart 1-3 with a run; freshman Ella Stebbins went 1-2 with a walk and 3-runs; sophomore Ella McLear a walk and 2-runs and Caydance Davidson a walk and a run scored.

“Twenty-two are allowed to dress so the 14 played and just proud of the program and the kids,” Newland said. “It’s a breath of fresh air for everybody.”

The Lady Wave played flawless in the field with no errors while the visiting Lady Rams struggled in the field with 11-errors.

“Tomorrow we have two games here (Sidney) to finish out the league,” Coach Newland noted.    “Thursday we’re in the same situation as tonight (tournament vs Ponitz), Friday we’re at Covington, Saturday at Beavercreek and next Tuesday we hit the road for the duration.”  

Looking ahead; The Lady Wave are at home tonight (Wednesday, May 11) in a doubleheader MVL matchup with the Sidney Lady Yellow Jackets beginning with a 5 p.m. start time. A Wednesday night sweep of Sidney will give the Lady Wave the 2022 Miami Valley League Championship trophy.

Thursday, May 12 Greenville entertains Ponitz in second round tournament play with a 5 p.m. start time at Lady Wave Stadium; Friday at Covington with a 5 p.m. start time and travels to Beavercreek for a 12 noon matchup with the Lady Beavers. Tuesday, May 17 the Lady Wave with face the winner of Stivers vs Valleyview in third round OHSAA DII play at Bellbrook with a 5 p.m start time.

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Zoey Burns pitches three perfect innings in Lady Wave OHSAA DII tournament win over Trotwood-Madison. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Kylar Arnett drills a hit for the Lady Wave in tournament win over Lady Rams. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville's Morgan Thompson pitches two shutout innings in Lady Wave tournament win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Sophia Claudy drives a hit for the Lady Wave in Tuesday night tournament win over Trotwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ella Stebbins collects Greenville him in tournament run rule win over Trotwood-Madison. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser / Editor

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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