The top-ranked Greenwood softball team keeps finding ways to win.
Greenwood (19-0) picked up a pair of wins Saturday in the Greenwood Border Battle at Buchanon Park, beating Union County 8-1 in six innings before defeating Paul Laurence Dunbar 10-0 in five innings.
The Lady Gators scored eight unanswered runs against Union County and cruised past Dunbar to finish the weekend 4-0 in the 24-team tournament.
“We’re just playing good right now,” Greenwood coach Penny Reece said. “Everything is cranking and rolling machine-like, offensively and defensively. They are having fun and loose. We are just playing really good right now.”
In the Union County win, Greenwood fell into a 1-0 hole in the second inning after Haley Ogletree doubled and came home to score on an error by catcher Aeron Smith.
The Lady Gators took the lead in the bottom of the inning without a hit.
Greenwood got four walks in the inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Raley Slone and a wild pitch that scored Sarah Jordan to make the score 2-1.
One inning later, GHS exploded for five runs, including a two-run single from leadoff hitter Emily Gravette and an RBI single by Slone.
Gravette capped the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth. The game was called after six innings when the predetermined 90-minute time limit for the game expired.
“We’re not really looking for the big hits,” Gravette said. “We’re just looking to poke it through. Sometimes when you swing for the fence, you really don’t get what you want. You have to hit it on the ground, hit it to the gaps, and get runners across the plate. We depend on each other a lot. Once one of us starts hitting, we all start hitting. We’re pretty confident with one another.”
Elizabeth Moss got the win for Greenwood. The junior pitcher threw 64 pitches, 55 for strikes, allowing three hits with nine strikeouts.
Gravette finished with three of the Lady Gators’ six hits.
“That’s why she is up there,” Reece said. “I always tell her, ‘Emily, you are going to have more at-bats than anyone else being in the No. 1 spot. That says something positive that I want you there.’ “
In Greenwood’s second game, the Lady Gators scored one in the first before breaking it open with a five-run third inning.
Slone and Angela Adkins had three hits. Katelyn Merritt had two hits and three RBIs.
Smith and Paige Coles also finished with two hits in game two.
Moss earned the win to improve to 13-0, striking out nine and allowing three hits.
“This tournament has been a little bit different,” Reece said. “We had some runs scored on us first and then we’ve responded. It’s good for us. The variety of the teams we have played has really been good for us.”
UCHS 010 000 — 1 3 2
GHS 025 01X — 8 6 1
WP: Moss LP: Hosman
PLDHS 000 00 — 0 3 0
GHS 105 22 — 10 15 0
WP: Moss LP: N/A
Bowling Green softball wins a pair
The Lady Purples softball team finished 3-1 in the Greenwood Border Battle after picking up two wins Saturday.
Bowling Green (13-7) rallied to beat Muhlenberg County 4-3 in game one, then blanked Ballard 4-0 in game two.
BG trailed 2-0 against Muhlenberg County until erupting for three runs in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Purples got an RBI double from Kathryn Downing and RBI singles from Peanut Martin and Kayla Gilbreth.
Kirby Gooding added an RBI single in the sixth to make the score 4-2. Muhlenberg County added a run in the seventh but stranded the tying run at second base.
In game two, the Lady Purples outhit Ballard 12-2.
Keely Vincent led the way with three hits. Brittany Vaughn, Tori Dillard, and Tess Lindsey added two hits each.
Downing earned the win in both games.
MCHS 002 000 1 — 3
BGHS 003 001 X — 4
WP: Downing LP: N/A
BGHS 012 001 0 — 4
BHS 000 000 0 — 0
WP: Downing LP: N/A