Greenville Sweeps Centerville In GWOC Crossover Doubleheader

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Greenville Softball
There was a lot of questions swirling around the
Greenville Lady Wave softball team coming into the 2008 season and for
good reason. The Wave was returning only three starters from last
year’s D-II state championship team, leaving many to wonder would they
rebuild or reload. The answer after one of week the season is – reload. Saturday, Greenville swept Centerville in a doubleheader.


Greenville- There was a lot of questions swirling around the
Greenville Lady Wave softball team coming into the 2008 season and for
good reason. The Wave was returning only three starters from last
year’s D-II state championship team, leaving many to wonder would they
rebuild or reload.

The answer after one of week the season is – reload. Building
around three seniors, pitcher Kylie Gunkel, shortstop/catcher Kristin
Blumenstock and outfielder/shortstop Macie Blinn, coach Jerrod Newland
has reason to be excited.

“New faces, new places,” Newland said. “I have a number of kids competing for spots and that is a great problem to have.”

On Saturday at Greenville, the Wave swept Centerville 2-0 and 14-1
in a doubleheader. This left Newland uttering his favorite phrase for
the 24 consecutive time.

“It is a great day for Greenville Lady Wave softball,” said a smiling Newland after the game.

It certainly was a great day. The 14 runs in game two marked the
third time in four games that the Wave have recorded double digit runs,
it was also the third time they had run ruled an opponent.

“We had a quick 2-0 game in the first game and in second game we had
a chance to play some different kids,” Newland said. “In that first
game we hit it right at them, but in the second game we found some
holes.”

As has been the case in Newland’s five seasons, defense and pitching are driving the Wave.

Gunkel threw six strong innings in the first game to get the win. In
the second game, Gunkel pitched one inning before handing it over to
sophomore Alysaa Comer.

Comer throw three innings, allowing just one run on three hits.

The one thing that is jumping out this year is the Wave’s offense.
Normally a short game specialist, Greenville is using power this year
to score runs. Against Centerville, the Wave had five extra base hits
and scored almost at will.

“We have been preaching it (hitting),” Newland said. “They know to
get in the line-up they have to hit and the kids are taking that
opportunity. It has been a great thing for us this year because we are
going to have to score this year to win some games.”

Junior Mollie Rumble has taken over the leadoff headerspot from Justine
Shilt, who is now at Wright State. Rumble may not be as quick as Shilt,
but she is showing tremendous power. Saturday she ripped a triple that
started a five-run first inning.

The middle of the line-up belongs to Blumenstock, Gunkel and Blinn.
Saturday they combined for four hits and five RBI in limited playing
time. It is this type of production that Newland is going to need all
season.

“It is tremendous to have three seniors that are so versatile,”
Newland said. “The last three years they have done what they needed to
do to make the team better. This year they are going to be asked to do
a lot. All three can make people around them better and they do it with
a smile on their face.’

That versatility has already been put on the display with
Blumenstock playing short and catcher, Blinn center field and short
stop and Gunkel pitching and playing outfield.

There is little doubt that the success of the Wave’s season rest fully on the shoulders of this talented trio.

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