Thursday, May 15, 2014
For the second time in three seasons, Summerville softball ended Wando’s season in the semifinal round of the Class AAAA Lower State playoffs.
The Green Wave pulled out a 5-4 win over the Warriors in extra innings Wednesday to earn the opportunity to defend their Lower State title Friday in a rematch with Bluffton. Summerville (25-6) has to beat Bluffton twice to win the Lower State crown and advance to the state championship game.
Two outs into the top of the eighth inning, Anna Gluhosky squeezed a ground ball through the gap at shortstop to score Brittany Olean for the go-ahead Green Wave run.
“This was a big win for us,” Summerville head coach Heather Tucker said. “We had some big-time kids step up with some clutch offensive hits when we had to have them.”
Summerville starter Summer Jenkins (19-5) needed just six pitches in the bottom frame to force three quick groundouts. Jenkins struck out 12 in the win, giving up three earned runs with eight hits and two walks through eight innings.
Alyssa Heinrich (19-11) suffered the loss for Wando (19-11), giving up three earned runs off eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in eight innings pitched.
In the final game of her high school career, Wando senior Brooke Gibert hit 4 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Gibert sparked Wando in the bottom of the second with a two-out triple. Brooke Aden doubled off the first pitch she saw in the next at-bat to score Gibert.
Morgan Howard opened a two-run lead for Wando in the third with a double to score Kendall Schweers. Howard finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Wando helped Summerville load the bases with a walk and error two outs into the fourth. Wando then hit Taylor Powell to bring home Hannah Horton. Gluhosky walked in the next at-bat to push in Sarah Windham. Taylor Belfiore added two more with a single to score Brittany Olean and Powell.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Wando head coach Steve Legette said. “Small things make the big things happen. Fielding, hitting, we didn’t make adjustments; we didn’t run the bases well. You can’t make that many mistakes at this level against a team like that.”
The Warriors tied the game in the fifth as Howard drove in Schweers with a sacrifice RBI and Gibert singled in Virginia Moore. Wando narrowly missed the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Howard was caught at home trying to score from first off a single down the right-field line by Gibert.
Gluhosky finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Powell 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Summerville defeated Bluffton, 4-2, in the Lower State title game last season. The Green Wave also owns a 2-1 advantage in the season series this year.
“Things ended up working out for us, so maybe things happened for a reason. We’ll see,” Tucker said. “Bluffton is a good ball team and I’m sure it’s going to be a heck of a battle.”