Green Wave bounces Stratford from playoffs

  • Monday, May 12, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Stratford shortstop Kayli Miles fields a ball in the first inning. The throw to first base got away and allowed two unearned runs to score.

For Summerville High School’s softball team, the aim was to survive and advance.

Now, the Green Wave gets a shot at revenge and the team that put them in that situation.

Summerville ousted Stratford from the Class AAAA Lower State tournament with a 4-1 victory on Monday. All of the Green Wave’s runs came in the first two innings and three were unearned.

“Any time you can take advantage of anything, it’s a win for you,” said Summerville coach Heather Tucker, whose team travels to Wando on Wednesday for another elimination game.

Summerville (25-5) lost to Wando 3-2 on Saturday. Stratford ends the season with a 20-10 mark.

Wando dropped into the loser’s bracket Monday with a 14-4 loss to Bluffton.

“At this point, it’s not about the team you’re playing against,” Tucker said. “It’s about playing your best game.”

Summerville loaded the bases in the first inning and a throwing error with two outs helped the Green Wave take a 2-0 lead.

In the second, Summerville loaded the bases again. Taylor Belfiore knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and the Green Wave made it 4-0 on the same play when a throw got away at third base.

Taylor Powell had two hits and scored a pair of runs for Summerville. Pitcher Summer Jenkins allowed eight hits and struck out five batters to get the win.

Nikki Linthicum had three hits and the Lady Knights’ lone RBI in the third inning. She was also the losing pitcher, surrendering six hits and striking out two.

Stratford had its chances but couldn’t get a break.

In the first, the Lady Knights had runners on the corners with one out.

Emily Harmon roped one back up the middle but it was snagged by Jenkins, who threw over to third base for the stunning double play.

Linthicum’s RBI single cut Summerville’s lead to 4-1 in the third inning and the Lady Knights had two men on with nobody out.

But the Lady Knights could do no more damage.

Summerville 220 000 0 – 4 6 0

Stratford 001 000 0 – 1 8 3

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