By Zach Gregory Staff Writer
April 24, 2014
GREENEVIEW — Two young teams went at it Wednesday when Greeneview hosted Yellow Springs at Greeneview High School, but the Lady Rams looked like a veteran squad as they run-ruled the Bulldogs, 25-2, five innings.
The tone for the game was set early, with Greeneview scoring two runs in the first inning. Daniel Ferguson and Shelby White both walked and scored on Yellow Springs errors. Capitalizing on mistakes and success hitting the ball were keys to the Rams’ convincing win.
“We’ve been improving since the beginning of the year. We have a very young team, several freshmen and several that have never played. The girls are all playing together and they’re starting to build that team relationship which has been awesome,” said Greeneview coach Cindy Dean. “And today we were able to put in girls that typically don’t start, so they were able to get that opportunity to play. And they all got hits, so that is more awesome.”
After scoring five runs in the second inning, the Rams (4-9) combined for 18 runs and 11 hits in the next two innings. They were able to score from third base 12 times, thanks to Bulldog errors.
Dean said a win like this really helps a young team’s confidence.
“The girls are really learning to play together. They’re a great group of girls that cheer one another on and they talk it up, so that makes it nice,” she said. “It definitely boosts [confidence]. For instance, in the beginning of the year we played Mechanicsburg and they beat us 25-2. Yesterday we played them and we kept them to 7-3 and played a full game. So we’ve been playing more full games and not getting that run-rule constantly.”
Greeneview had 14 hits on the day and nine RBIs. White and Delana Merston each had two runs batted in. White was 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles, but she made it on base five times and scored three runs.
Ferguson pitched a complete game for the Rams and only allowed two hits. Senior Sierra Lawrence was on the mound for Yellow Springs and started out strong, but her productivity faded as the game went on. Bulldogs coach Jim Delong said his team just ran out of juice.
“Yellow Springs is an up and down team. We have our moments. We have six freshmen and some good athletes, so we have a good mixture of players out there who know what they’re doing and are still learning. I think today, they got a little tired when they got behind,” he said.
Yellow Springs (1-3) did get some productivity in the top of the fifth inning. Chelsea Horton and Lawrence both got on base and senior Rachele Orme knocked them both in with a double to right field.
“That’s the thing about this team,” said Delong. “Whether they are ahead or behind, they’re out there with the effort and they’re trying. So it’s always good. For us, that means good things in the future. They compete for every team.”
The Rams are back in action at 5 p.m. Friday when they play at Cedarville. Yellow Springs plays at 5 p.m. today when they host Dayton Christian at Gaunt Park.